Homesick for Heaven
By Bill Dillon
never be at home in this world below. It was said of G. Campbell
father: “He lived with a Bible in his hand and his face
toward a better world.”
Such is a worthy slogan for any Christian!
thought of going to heaven thrill us anymore? John said,
“Love not the world,
neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world,
of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, the list of
flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the
is of the world” (1 John
the church has changed from her first century, out-of-this-world
our present day at-homeness with the world and all the slop that is in
have ceased to look for the Lord from heaven, and we have settled down
comfortably like Lot did in Sodom.
We have forgotten that we have no home down here. We sing,
“set our affections
on things above, not on things of the earth” (Colossians
3:2). We must not seek
great things for ourselves (Jeremiah 45:5), but “seek first
and His righteousness” (Matthew
6:33). Demas, once faithful and fruitful, began to feather his nest in
mundane sphere (2 Timothy 4:10). Did Demas perhaps end up with stocks
bonds? By contrast, the only stocks and bonds Paul could boast of were
on his feet and hands.
any rate, the
time is far past that elders begin to once again be true shepherds of
of God and lead us to meaningfully sing, “My heart has no
desire to stay Where doubts arise and fears dismay.”
Let none of us
settle down in the fleshpots of Egypt
or the barnyards of this world. The real estate on earth is too costly.
Christians have no continuing city here, we seek one to come. Let us be
homesick for heaven.