This is our temporary home, it’s not where we belong
Windows and rooms that we’re passing through
This is just a stop on the way to where we’re going
I’m not afraid because I know
This is our temporary home~ Carrie Underwood, Temporary Home
While I lived up in Auburn for my job at camp, I never thought I would spend the rest of my life up there. No matter what plans I made up there, they were never permanent. Whether or not it would be for schooling, life, or family, I knew that I would eventually move and not be living there anymore.
While I sometimes remember with fondness my memories of the place and people I met and worked with up there, I don’t have any real longing for my residence.
I moved down from Auburn back to my hometown of Woodland WA, and ended up finding a place at my friend’s house, moving in a little over a year ago. Now I knew that it would not be a permanent residence, but I did not know when I move from my temporary lodging. I actually ended up moving again a couple of weeks ago, about a week and a year after moving in. I had a better idea this time of when I would need to leave, but again, did not know for sure what date and time it would be.
Just as I knew that those were my temporary home, that those would not be my forever home, so we as Christians are called to consider earth our temporary home and not our forever home. We are entreated to consider ourselves foreigners and aliens on earth.
If you were of the world, the world would love its own; but because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, because of this the world hates you.~ John 15:19
They are not of the world, even as I am not of the world. ~ John 17:16
Beloved, I urge you as aliens and strangers to abstain from fleshly lusts which wage war against the soul. ~ 1st Peter 2:11
The three verses above mention how we are not supposed to consider ourselves part of the world. We are supposed to live apart from the world, to be alien to the world.
Full Definition of alien
1 a : belonging or relating to another person, place, or thing :
2 : differing in nature or character typically to the point of incompatibility
Alien seems like a good definition for believers. We belong to Christ. We owe allegiance, if you will, to God, following His commands He gives us. And when we follow His commands and live our lives His way, we will show ourselves to differ in nature from those in the world. Our fruits will give witness to the difference.
Because this is not our forever home, we know that means that we will eventually be transported to our eternal residence. There’s a small thing we need to know first~ no one other than God the Father knows when that will happen.
42 “Therefore be on the alert, for you do not know which day your Lord is coming. 43 But be sure of this, that if the head of the house had known at what time of the night the thief was coming, he would have been on the alert and would not have allowed his house to be broken into. 44 For this reason you also must be ready; for the Son of Man is coming at an hour when you do not think He will.” ~ Matt. 24:42-44
Mark echoes this sentiment in chapter 13;
31 Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will not pass away. 32 But of that day or hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but the Father alone. 33 “Take heed, keep on the alert; for you do not know when the appointed time will come.~ Mark 13:31-33
And then a little further down;
37 What I say to you I say to all, ‘Be on the alert!’”~ Mark 13:37
These scriptures tell us that this earth will pass away, be no more. But not to worry, as we will be in our forever, eternal home. We will not know when we will ascend, however, as “no one knows”, not even the angels or God the Son. We need to be on the alert for we do not know when we will be called to heaven and no longer live on this earth, our temporary home.