Haven’t we all sang the song “This World is Not My Home” at one time or another? It’s one of my favorites.
This world is not my home, I’m just a passin through
My treasures are laid up somewhere beyond the blue
The angels beckon me from heaven’s open door,
and I can’t feel at home in this world anymore.
I find that when I really focus on the words of this song when we sing it, my mind and my attitude is “reset.” It reminds me once again that this world is not all there is. There is more to life than just what we see around us everyday. It’s easy to get caught up in focusing on that because, after all, we are surrounded by it. The consequences of the choices we make are usually seen quickly, and we are faced with the needs and the wants of this life everyday. It’s harder to comprehend eternal life because it has no end.
“Set your mind on the things above, not on the
things that are on earth.”
It’s so dangerous to place our focus on things of this world, things that are temporary! Scripture is filled with verses pulling our focus back to eternal things. Have you ever dwelt on the last verse of Amazing Grace? “When we’ve been there 10,000 years, bright shining as the sun, we’ve no less days to sing God’s praise than when we first begun.” I would encourage you to dwell on that. Eternity lasts forever, this world does not. We need to live our lives in such a way that reflects our desire to be in heaven for eternity.
“For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation to all men, instructing us to deny ungodliness and worldly desires and to live sensibly, righteously and godly in the present age, looking for the blessed hope and the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Christ Jesus, who gave Himself for us…”