April 14, 2020 - Home

When I woke up this morning I realized there is no place like home. I have heard people say, “Home is where the heart is.” Our home is where we spend most of our time, where you desire to be; at the end of the day, you open the door feel the warmth and safety of the walls surrounding you. At this time in our lives home is where we are advised and mandated to stay and still there is no place like home. A place that is guaranteed to keep us safe from even covid-19. We basically have all of the amenities, necessities and conveniences we need right at home. You hear the sounds of pots and pans rattling in the kitchen where the next meal will be prepared in what is now your restaurant. You have the luxury of sleeping in a bed that keeps you comfortable, for now it has become your five star hotel room. Even though we have been locked down for several weeks now, it makes us feel good to know that we have a home that is our refuge. Our home is not determined by how many bathrooms, bedrooms, hot tubs, etc., rather where our heart is.  We should see our homes as a place of shelter and illumination where there is peace, quiet, joy, laughter, celebration, excitement, affection, love, solitude, etc. Is your home a shining example of all these things? Regardless of whether it is a little shack, shanti apartment, townhouse, or castle, it is our home. Our home is where we take up residency. Make sure God is one of the residents.   

Being at home also means being in a place where we can relax, rest and be restored. Look at this time that we are required to stay home as an opportunity to sanitize and clean our homes. More importantly it is a time for us to analyze who we are and whose we are.   

Look at home as being the place where we dream our dreams, we formulate our passions, discern our opinions, and we are given visions for the future. Home is that place where we can cry our hearts out and beat on our chest. Home is that place we have made our sanctuary. Home has become our restaurants, hair salons, nail shops, barber shops, fast food places, my choir room, auto shops and even our places of worship. I can sing in tune or out of tune, it is my home. Most of all Christ is the center of our home, a guest at every meal, a silent listener to every conversation, a watchful eye at everything we do, a constant companion in our loneliness and a Savior when we feel unsafe and lost.

A home is only as solid and strong as its foundation. If the foundation is weak, it will begin to crack and split or even collapse. The same holds true with a home spiritually. If our homes are to be strong, unified and safe, then it must be built on a firm foundation of truth, the Word of God.            

An unknown writer wrote, “Having a place to go is home. Having someone to love is family. Having both is a blessing.”

The apostle Paul had a different perspective about home. He was encountering a struggle with life and death. He felt that this physical life kept him from going or being at “home” with the Lord. This world was created to be our home. But we must realize that this old world is not our home forever. The place we consider our eternal home has no sickness, no suffering, no dying, no crying, no sadness, no sin, no brokenness or disobedience. Please know that we are not trying to rush things, but the apostle Paul says, “As long as we are at home in the body, we are away from the Lord.” (2 Corinthians 5:6) Please take the opportunity today to read 2 Corinthians 5:1-10 with our concentration on verse 9. “So whether we are here in this body or away from this body, our goal is to please Him.”

Take time today to express to God the appreciation you have for your home right here on earth. If you home is not that place of tranquility and love, take time now and start transforming it into what God would have it to become. 

Not a sermon, just a thought!

Robert Earl Slade, Pastor