Day 7, Hospitality is From the Heart
For here we have no lasting city, but we seek the city that is to come (Hebrews 13:14, ESV).
But our citizenship is in heaven, and from it we await a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ (Philippians 3:20, ESV),
But as it is, they desire a better country, that is, a heavenly one. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God, for he has prepared for them a city (Hebrews 11:16, ESV).
In my Father’s house are many rooms. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you (John 14:2, ESV)?
Yes we are of good courage, and we would rather be away from the body and at home with the Lord (2 Corinthians 5:8, ESV).
I’ve been in some pretty amazing homes—houses that look like they could easily be in Architectural Digest, or maybe even Southern Living. Some, I’ve just seen from the outside, and I can only imagine the beauty that must be within their doors. I’ve even been prone, at times, to fall envious of others who own these homes, wondering what it must be like to spend their days in such beauty and luxury. While I much prefer the comfort of my home, and the people that inhabit it, I still often wonder what others experience in theirs. But the awesome truth is, nothing here—no amount of wealth or creativity, could ever compare to the home I’ll live in someday. On the day I’m called home, I will see beauty and splendor unlike anything imaginable on this side of eternity.
If you are also a follower of Jesus, you share in this glorious inheritance with me. We are going to a place the King of all kings is presently preparing for us. When we consider this earth, and the beauty of a crystal-clear ocean, with swaying palms and brightly arrayed flowers, and hear the happy song of colorful birds, we know that’s only a fraction of what our new home will be like. Our new home will be untouched by sin and the devastation and ruin it brought to every part of creation. And we may see unique and skilled architectural structures, but that skill was only given in part to the hands that fashioned them, and the minds that designed them.
Friends—if we could get just a small grasp of our heavenly home, we would be in awe. What we read of John’s vision, in Revelation, is enough to take my breath—sights too grand for my mind to fully appreciate, and yet, it was just a glimpse into glory. Gold, transparent in its purity, gemstones bigger than anything earth has ever uncovered, silver and pearls in abundance, and even when we finally behold these things, they will pale in comparison to seeing the face of our Savior.
And yet I’m still here—grappling with the reality of this world. I covet. I posture. I am materialistic in nature. My flesh craves the things of this world, because my focus isn’t where it should be. We want the big house, with all the nice things. We often find ourselves at war against our own selfishness, forgetting there are others all around us with real needs. And when we take a good look at our spending, we see where our hearts truly are. It’s true—look at your spending over the past few months, and in those entries, our hearts are revealed. More of me and less of Him, or more of Him and less of me?
We often put too much focus on what we have, and we forget that what we do have, is a gracious gift from our Father. We also need to remember that what we don’t have, never excuses us from being people that are generous, kind and loving. While we’ve considered many aspects of hospitality this week, our prayer is that you put into practice the lessons learned from Scripture, and the example of Jesus. And as His children, we look forward to coming into the good of all He is doing to prepare us for the most amazing home we could ever imagine—heaven! Our eternal home will be complete perfection. We won’t ever struggle with sin, covetousness, or jealousy there. We are blessed with the best inheritance ever. May my focus shift from what I have here, to what I am inheriting when God calls me home. I can’t think of more appropriate words than those we find in Titus 2:13: “waiting for our blessed hope, the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ!” Amen!