Well, we have officially been living in Kenya for a year. A very big part of me at times still must work to try to comprehend it. I live in Kenya, I have a resident card and a driver license that say Kenya on it. The place I sleep every night is in Kenya so the place I call home is Kenya, when I go to the office, the store, church, or the movies it’s all in Kenya. I live here. Bronwyn and I both live here and we have for a year. However, to a much larger extent my home isn’t Kenya anymore than it was Memphis. I’m going to be completely honest here, my home is heaven. If you are a believer your home is heaven, the minute Christ brought you into the Kingdom you no longer belonged to this world you became a sojourner. This is just your temporary home. So tonight, I will rest my head in Kenya, but I look forward to the day when I am in my eternal home.
Hebrews 13:14 “For here we have no lasting city, but we seek the city that is to come”.
If someone gave you a house and said, “this is your house, but you will only live in it for a short time. I have another house for you, and you will live in it a thousand times longer than you will ever live here”. How settled into that house would you get? We are only on this earth a short time, but we store up earthly treasures like we are living here forever.
Matthew 6:19-21 “Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven”.
If someone said, “here in 40 years you can either spend that time accumulating wealth that will last you a little while or you can use that time accumulating treasures that will last throughout all of eternity”. Which would you choose? But here is the thing, this isn’t some existential decision, this is the actual choice God is calling you to make.
So yes, my home in Kenya and I love living here but it’s not my eternal home. If I live a life long enough to make the news, I’ll only live another 70 years and that is highly unlikely. So, I pledge to live my life for the world to come, not this one. When I do get home and I am with my King in His eternal Kingdom and the only thing I want to hear can be found in Mathew 25:21.