Ask the salesperson at the the cosmetic shop, her products, she promises, will make your skin flawless, and as you reflect her words in the car, you wonder, what is the standard of flawlessness? Isn’t it immortality? The new bodies we will have, the new frames Paul talks about in 2 Corinthians 5 ?
You meet a 30 year old at the cafe, he’s scrolling through tones of pornography. A “good time” is what he calls it, whether it will kill his soul is another thing, right now, pleasure is the goal, and as you go down the staircase, you sigh and wonder, will the pleasure of illicit sex ever satisfy him? – him whose heart that was designed for eternity? You remember David stating otherwise “earth has nothing i desire besides you.” (Ps 73:25).
Across the street is another young woman dressed inch long, though you can’t tell her motivation, her dress barely hides her intention, you can see modesty is a battle she needs to resolve. Jeremiah’s words ring “the human heart is desperately wicked (Jer 17:9)” , you look the other way and wonder, wonder at the both your lust and her closet!
And as you watch the news the following day,a popular politician is speaking to journalists with such arrogance, you lean back in your couch and wonder, will power ever satisfy this old man’s heart? Nebuchadnezzar’s words in Daniel 4:37 come to mind.
” Now I, Nebuchadnezzar, praise and exalt and glorify the King of heaven, because everything he does is right and all his ways are just. And those who walk in pride he is able to humble.”
We are not yet done, you are in class the next day and the conversation about life priorities comes up, the girl sitting on your right vows to never choose anything above her career, Jesus’s words come to mind “where your treasure is,there your heart is also.”(Matt 6:21)
The conversation diverts to church matters, and someone finally speaks up, “Church People are hypocrites!” Jesus’s words come to mind again “I did not come for the healthy but the sick.” (Mark 2:17)
As you wind down your long day, you pull the pillow, look up your ceiling and conclude. We all want to be home someday, we all want a place without hypocrites, a place of people with flawless skin, true intimacy, a place the writer of Revelation paints without suffering, without tears – a place where our priorities will be in worship alone.
We may say it differently but we are all say the same thing everyday – we want to be home. Something tells me Solomon meant the same with these words.
“He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end.” (Ecc 3:11)
See what I am talking about? – We all want to be home, someday!