We close on the farm this coming Monday. Whew! We’re filled with excitement and, at the same time, a bit of trepidation. God called Sue and I a year and a half ago to move. Where? A farm? But were not farmers. I’ll provide. A year and a half later God is good on His calling and His promise.
Over the last few weeks I’ve been impressed (when I’ve had time) of how, kind of, disconnected things have seemed. We had to change realtors. Though they are good friends, they didn’t have what it took to get this home sold. We’ve been trying to sell “our home”, with all our stuff, everything that defines us. I mean, we DO have to live here, ya know. Apparently not. We’ve had to pack away books, pictures, artifacts, dishes, offload junk. Clear the walls, make the house bigger and add to the WOW factors. The house echos, it’s a house now, not our home. It’s ready for someone to walk in and dream about THEIR stuff in there. We don’t live there anymore, we just occupy space. But soon we move on to the promise.
And that’s where my thoughts went these few weeks. We have the promise of the farm on our horizon, but we can’t occupy it yet. Yet we feel like strangers in our own house. Then it dawned on me, the spiritual significance of that realization.
In Christ we are no longer citizens of this world, we are sojourners in a strange land. We have the promise, given in John 14, that we have a future home:
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Jesus Comforts His Disciples
14 “Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God[a]; believe also in me. 2 My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you? 3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am. 4 You know the way to the place where I am going.”
We are no longer looking to this world as our home, we anticipate Jesus coming to take us. We can’t go there on our own, it’s a promise that we can’t take possession of until it’s time. We’ve gotten rid of all the things that tie us to this world, all of the entanglements. So we’re here, temporarily, residing in a place that we no longer have any link to. A place whose surroundings are uncomfortable, waiting for the call to come home, for the time when our joy will be complete.
But wait, that sounds pretty uncomfortable. That would leave nothing but an empty shell of me.
BINGO! Then God can work.
Whoa, you can’t touch that, it’s the very thing that defines ME.
Is it sin?
Is it questionable? Did you just have to think twice about it?
Then lose it.
Sue and I have learned so much over the last six months of throwing stuff away, “valuable” stuff. We’re going from 3300 square feet down to 1900 square feet. Is it important? Do we need it, can we take it to Heaven? In the process we’ve unloaded and dumped so much, many, many things that actually were attached to and fed burdens and unforgiveness of the past. Files from offenses that we might try to fight sometime in the future, letters and notes from offenders. We burned them, and such a fire it was, and such a release. We can never pursue that offense anymore without evidence. The freedom is invigorating because there is never a return. Every move, we moved those boxes and files, only to be reminded over and over. It’s gone, as far as the east is from the west.
So it is with your sins. Christ died on the cross to pay the price, there is no need to keep carrying around the reminders. Do you have habits? Do you carry around reminders of offenses? Lose them, quit wearing yourself down with them. Jesus wants your arms and shoulders free to carry on His work, you can’t do that if you’re carrying around sin, carrying on in sin is not an option on the road to Heaven. And He provides the way. Are you struggling with sin. Are you feeling that you can’t seem to get close enough to Him to hear Him? You need to clean house, offload the junk that keeps you away. Accept His free gift and His new life, the freedom is priceless.
Soon we’ll be on the farm, but even better soon we’ll be with Christ.