March 24, 2017-Home Requirements

Recently, we were away from home for a few nights in a motel where they had a huge assortment of television channels. Boy, has the world has changed since one only had three major channels and one or two local channels to choose from! Way back when, you only had news three times a day, too!

While we sifted through programs, we were finally forced to turn to the channel that features people interested in buying or refurbishing homes. It is amazing to me to see what many feel are important.

Granite countertops.

4 Bedrooms.

Double Sinks.

2 Bathrooms.

Large Whirlpool Tub.

It seems that it takes all of this to make a home now. Funny, that. We began a home in a 12×60 mobile home. It was all we could afford. We thought we were quite clever as sinking money into that meant that although we had to pay lot rent for the park where we lived, eventually we would have something of worth to sell. Back then, most people rented an apartment.

Having to live on what we could afford meants we eventually sold our mobile home (trailer) to graduate into buying a ‘twin’ home. Thankfully, we bought the corner house and had a HUGE back yard as it was an older home. Of course, in those days our interest rate was 11%!!! I remember looking at the mortgage papers only to see that our $45,000 home when completely paid was going to have cost us well over $100,000!  That is a far cry from what people will spend today…and most of them aren’t concerned with buying a home they can AFFORD. They want the home that they WANT.

Paul tells us a bit about or second home in 2 Corinthians  5: 1-6-For we know that if our earthly house, this tent, is destroyed, we have a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens. For in this we groan, earnestly desiring to be clothed with our habitation which is from heaven, if indeed, having been clothed, we shall not be found naked. For we who are in this tent groan, being burdened, not because we want to be unclothed, but further clothed, that mortality may be swallowed up by life. Now He who has prepared us for this very thing is God, who also has given us the Spirit as a guarantee. So we are always confident, knowing that while we are at home in the body we are absent from the Lord. 

Christians know that their heavenly home is already built by God. Here on earth, we must constantly strive with all the burdens humanity endures. While we would like to have a carefree, smooth, stress-free life, it is not to be while we are here…but it IS to come. God has given us the Holy Spirit to walk with us through our daily life and help us during our times of trouble. He is there as our helpful ‘Home Decorator’. The Holy Spirit is God’s guarantee that our house is ready and waiting, perfectly fashioned for us as individuals.

We are to be confident while we walk this earthly ground that our home in heaven awaits. We are only ‘temporarily’ absent from God’s presence. The Holy Spirit is God’s stand-in, allowing us comfort while in our tent/trailer/apartment/condo/house until we eventually move to the mansion that God has prepared for us!

 

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