During my recent trip to Honduras, I had a lot of time to reflect. For one, I don’t speak Spanish so there were a lot of quiet times. I had wonderful hosts that translated and interpreted for me and we had many encouraging conversations in English. But as a whole, my trip to a foreign place reminded me of our journey through this world as Christians.
We’re just passing through.
“By faith, Abraham dwelt in the land of promise as in a foreign country, dwelling in tents with Isaac and Jacob, the heirs with him of the same promise; for he waited for the city which has foundations, whose builder and maker is God” (Hebrews 11:9-10).
On my trip to Honduras, I shared God’s good news with people. I made some friends and I showed His love to as many as I could. But Honduras was not my home — I was simply passing through. And that’s how it is for every Christian. This world is not our home.
We are simply passing through.
I would fondly look at pictures of my family and could almost get teary-eyed at the thought, “What if I never saw them again?” My love for home is great. But isn’t that how it should be when we think about Heaven? The thought of never making it to our true home (our final destination) should bring a twinge of pain. YET… we know that is our goal. We will return home to our Father.
But in the meantime…
Our task is simple. Tell others of the goodness of God and how “He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us that we might become the righteousness of God in Him” (2 Corinthians 5:20). Let them know there is another home, “whose builder and maker is God.” Tell of His love and the wonderful news that “God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved” (John 3:17).
We have a choice as to what we will focus on. When the time is right, we should be excited about going home, but as Juba said so well in the movie, Gladiator: “Not yet.”
For now, we will continue as foreigners in a world that needs the light we carry — all while keeping our hearts in fond recollection of where we are headed and remembering our task to take as many with us as we can.