13th April 2011

God Is Building A Home For Us

“God is building a home.  He’s using us all—irrespective of how we got here—in what he is building.  He used the apostles and prophets for the foundation.  Now he’s using you, fitting you in brick by brick, stone by stone, with Christ Jesus as the cornerstone that holds all the parts together.”
Ephesians 2:19-21 (MSG)

Modern man has forgotten we were made to share a home with God and like pilgrims we are on earth just passing through.  So at times we feel a kind of nostalgia which means homesickness.  Nostalgia comes from two Greek words:  ‘nostos’ which means return home and ‘algos’ meaning pain.

Ecclesiastes 3:11 (NLT) tells us that God has set eternity in our hearts and so we have a restlessness in us that will never go away until we are with him in his home.

Malcolm Muggeridge said that from the time he was a boy he had a sense of being a stranger in the world and felt he was moving to something beyond.  What he felt was a kind of nostalgia.

Jesus told his disciples, “There is more than enough room in my Father’s home…I am going to prepare a place for you.  When everything is ready, I will come and get you, so that you will always be with me where I am…” (John 14:2-3 NLT).

“So we are always confident, even though we know that as long as we live in these bodies we are not at home with the Lord.  For we live by believing and not by seeing.  Yes, we are fully confident, and would rather be away from these earthly bodies, for then we will be at home with the Lord.”  (2 Corinthians 5:6-8 NLT).

2 Peter 3:13 (NIV) tells us, “But in keeping with His promise we are looking forward to a new heaven and a new earth, the home of righteousness.”

Father, please send your Son, Jesus, back soon to fetch us home.  In his name we pray.

Study by Jill Newman 

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