It is no wonder that most Christians maintain a deep discomfort within themselves, nor is it surprising to often see them taking little delight in the affairs of the world. The reality is that they are (or shall I say, we are) longing for a celestial home, one that is quite different from this setting of growing deformity. Our hearts cannot be acclimatized to this earthly atmosphere, since our heavenly longings are numerous.
We crave hope and its optimism. We crave light and its wisdom. We crave grace and its selflessness. We crave humility and its boldness. We crave love and its harmony. We crave joy and its consistency. We crave faith and its assurance. We crave zeal and its conviction. We crave justice and its honesty. We crave ethics and its morality. We crave worship and its gratefulness. We ultimately crave HEAVEN and its completeness.
These cravings are due to the imprint of our heavenly Father upon our very beings. Ecclesiastes 3:11 tells us that God has set eternity in our hearts. This reality makes it impossible for us to array ourselves in the clothing of the status quo. Infinite love is too well-imprinted in our hearts for us to adjust to the reality of a finite and broken world.
However, the pain awakened in us by today’s society does not keep us from carrying forth God’s Kingdom here on earth. And quite frankly, I consider it as an act worth admiring. Unfortunately, no matter what we do here on earth, it is never going to feel like home.
Since Creation has lost its fullness, by darkness invading its land and sin breaking its bones, it has been driven away from the purpose for which it was designed. Thus, there is always going to be something missing. Being aware of this fact, let us not be disheartened by our current circumstances. On the contrary, let us proclaim, in the midst of our homesickness, the hope and reality that one day we shall all return HOME.
Written by Luciano Latouche, a second year KU student doing a B.A. in ministry with an emphasis in youth ministry. You can also read more about Luciano’s story of coming here to Kingswood in our ABLAZE spring newsletter.