From A Shepherd’s Heart (3 June 2020)
By Ps Gabriel Chia
As we maintain a prayerful heart, let’s hear from one of our pastors today and reflect on God’s Word from him.
Opening Song: Come Let Us Worship
In Christ, Our True Home
During this stay home period, home has been redefined in many ways. For some of us, home has become our workplaces. For some of us, home has become our schools. Home has literally become everything, but in some sense, also nothing we wish it would be.
Home ought to be a place of rest, but so often, it can become a place of restlessness. Home ought to be a place of warmth, but so often, it can become a place of alienation. Home ought to be the place where we experience family, but so often, it becomes the place where family experience tensions and the strains of living together. Home ought to be paradise, but so often, during this period, it can feel more like a prison.
For those who seeking your true home, I’d like to encourage you: your true home is not found in a physical place, but rather, in a spiritual position – in these two eternally precious words – “in Christ”. The phrase “in Christ” occurs numerous times in the Bible, and it is loaded with rich theological meaning. But to be “in Christ” is simply to be in our true home.
That’s how Paul describes us in Ephesians 1. In verse 3, he says, “Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ.” In verse 7, he says, “In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace.” In verse 11, he says, “In Him, we were also chosen, having been predestined according to the plan of Him who works out everything in conformity with the purpose of His will.” And again, in verse 13, he says, “And you also were included in Christ when you heard the message of truth, the gospel of your salvation. When you believed, you were marked in Him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit.”
You may want to read the whole of Ephesians 1 on your own, but I invite you to pause for a moment and mediate on the verses above where this phenomenal phrase is found. This phrase “in Christ” is our game-changer. This is the phrase that grants us access to everything that God has promised us, and in which everything that God says of us is true, for those who belong to Him. This phrase describes our true home, which is not found in a physical place, but in a spiritual position, with a person – our Lord Jesus Christ.
Being with Him, and having access to all His promises, is home. Wherever we are, we can be truly home, whenever we are in Christ. As the old song by Jim Reeves goes, “This world is not my home, I’m just a passing through.” Even the home where we live in right now is not our true home, for it is just temporary shelter. We are never truly home, unless we are in Christ.
The good news: we don’t actually have to wait for heaven. We can be home today, in Christ, when we are in the presence of God. When we are walking closely with our Lord Jesus, we are already home. We can experience home – this place of true rest, true freedom, true joy, true warmth, true peace, true belonging when we in Him.
He is our true home.
As we continue to dwell our far-from-perfect physical shelters, O let us seek our true home. Let us seek Him!