Daily Devotional
 
By Jon Swanson
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For this world is not our permanent home; we are looking forward to a home yet to come. Hebrews 13:14

I came back from vacation with family last week. It was a much needed break that enabled our family to truly enjoy some quality time with each other without the distraction of our everyday routines. But I must say, as much as I enjoyed the time away, it was very good to come home. On my first visit back to the trail there was this sense of being home – this is where I belong. Time away is great and often needed, but in my experience returning home to a place you love and are loved can be just as enjoyable as a good vacation. It is a place to be connected and invested, allowing God to use you to make a difference daily in the environment you live, work and play and call home.

But as I spent time soaking in the joy of being home, I was reminded of this scripture in Hebrews, For this world is not our permanent home; we are looking forward to a home yet to come. As much as I enjoy being in Nelson County, living at 4442 Thomas Nelson Hwy, and experiencing life with the folks of Arrington, Colleen and beyond, this is not my forever home. I am blessed to be here and God intends me to live this life to the full. (John 10:10). But as a believer I know my eternal residence is with Christ and everything else will pale in comparison, because communion with the God was the reason for our creation and the most fulfilling experience we can ever have.

Think about it…

There was little local singing group some of you may have heard of called the Statler Brothers that sang a song about our eternal home. I invite you to listen and enjoy. As you reflect on where our eternal home is intended to be it will give you a renewed peace and purpose for the life we live in the here and now. Have a blessed day.

It is good to be home,
In Surrender to Christ,
Greg