“But our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ, who, by the power that enables him to bring everything under his control, will transform our lowly bodies so that they will be like his glorious body.” — Philippians 3:20-21
My family and I recently went on a family vacation and rented an Airbnb for a week. An Airbnb is a house or dwelling rented for short-term lodging, often for people on vacation or business travel. Imagine if someone’s house became a hotel room that people could check in to — that’s an Airbnb. Our Airbnb was ideally located, within walking distance of every sight we wanted to see and every restaurant we wanted to dine at.
But there were two issues with our Airbnb. First, the curtains let light into the bedroom, so my family and I went to a local hardware store and bought some new blinds and curtains for the bedrooms. Second, the furniture and rug in the living room didn’t really fit our style, so we went to a high-end furniture store and bought a new sofa and rug.
Obviously, that didn’t happen. No one treats a temporary home like their permanent home. People install blinds and buy furniture for their homes all the time, but only a fool treats a temporary home like their permanent home.
As Christians, our permanent home is Heaven. Philippians 3:20 tells us that we are eternal citizens of Heaven, where Jesus Christ dwells. The earth is only our temporary home — this planet is our spiritual Airbnb.
In what ways are you treating your temporary home as if it was your permanent home? Ask God to show you and begin investing in your true, eternal home.
— Ikki Soma, former Houston Rockets chaplain
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