No Place Like Home

Dorothy couldn’t imagine a better place to be, even after all the amazing things she saw and did while in the Land of Oz. There’s no place like home!

Returning to our homes at the end of a day in the marketplace or in school provides the “distance” and the sense of security that comes from enveloping ourselves in our family, our friends, or our church community.

Coming “home” to the Lord is much the same. We are faced with daily distractions that hinder us from genuinely living under the lordship of Christ. Our tendency is to intently focus ourselves to achieve and to accomplish what we are told to do by our employer, supervisor, teachers, or our family.

Being “home” with the Lord, while intensely personal and integral to our spiritual health and well-being, is a matter of allowing His loving arms to envelop us. It is a matter of submission—and surrender. Surrendering ourselves, what we have, and who we think we are is essential to sustaining our spiritual health and well-being. There should be no holding back.

Consider the ruler who approached Jesus asking how he might receive eternal life (Luke 18:18-25). When Jesus asked him about the commandments, he replied that he had kept them from his youth! When Jesus asked him to sell all that he possessed and distribute it to the poor, he became sad because he was extremely rich.

The offer was there: IF you do this, you WILL have treasure in heaven—and the opportunity to follow Jesus, to experience His everlasting love and mercy. But the ruler’s earthly possessions were too dear to him; he couldn’t give them up—even if it meant that he would have treasure in heaven.

Jesus’ offer remains; it is never rescinded. No matter how many possessions we have, He calls upon us to daily surrender our worth to Him.

Jesus went on in verses 29 and 30 to specify His call to us: to leave our homes, our wives, our brothers (and sisters), our parents and our children for the sake of His Kingdom. IF we do, He promises that we will receive many times as much at THIS time . . . and in the age to come!

This is not a “prosperity gospel.” This is Jesus promising that we will receive blessings based upon our sacrifices here and now, as well as in the age to come. But these blessings come at great sacrifice; they come when we are willing to surrender all that is dear to us. Our daily surrender—and our thoughts about our worth—will be transformed into a satisfaction that goes far beyond what mere money can buy. What we have needn’t matter; we have been asked to give up all of what the world may deem of worth–our homes and our families. Will we actually give them up—to Him?

These may be significant sacrifices, but they are not the supreme sacrifice—Jesus gave Himself for each of us in order for us to be freed from the penalty of sin and to experience the complete joy and satisfaction that can only be found in Him. “Home” with Him.

In the inspired words of the apostle Paul, “I have been crucified with Christ; and that is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me, and delivered Himself up for me.” (Galatians 2:20, NASB)

As Paul recognized Jesus’ supreme sacrifice, his response was to realize that it was no longer his life to live. Paul understood the need to surrender, totally surrender. How else could he truly live by faith in the Son of God?

Homes weren’t important to him. Family wasn’t important to him. Things weren’t important to him. And neither was his position as an apostle. He surrendered all.

Whether we are returning to our homes or our cubicles, “home” with the Lord is where we ought to be. We should be relying upon Him and recognizing it is our life with Him that is most significant. Our significance comes only through His supreme sacrifice.

Do you desire to live by faith in the Son of God? Do you desire to surrender all to Him?

For more information about how you can “stay the course,” refer to The Wheel illustration at The Navigators’ website.

The Hub: Christ the Center (see 2 Corinthians 5:17; Galatians 2:20): Total surrender to Christ’s authority and lordship is not always a decision made right at conversion, but is a necessary act of will. For the believer, the “old life” has gone and the new has come (2 Corinthians 5:17), and Christ dwells through us instead (Galatians 2:20). God creates within us the desire to do what He wants us to do in order to express His lordship in our lives.