House vs. Home

I passed a real estate sign today that read, “Home for Sale.”  Really?  Do the children come with the purchase?  What about the dog?  Or maybe Mom comes with the house as a bonus!  Now if the sign read, “House for Sale” it would be more accurate.  Bricks and windows do not a home make.   I have a contractor friend who tells me he is a home builder.  No. No he isn’t.  He is a house builder.

One of the finest positions every created was that of a homemaker.  I love it when someone responds to the question, “What do you do?” and they reply, “I’m a homemaker.”  That is awesome.  That is better than any other job in the world.  Home is a wonderful place.  It is so great that 50% of airline tickets are purchased with home as the destination.

In John 14 Jesus told His disciples He was going to prepare a place for them.  Please note He did not say He was going to prepare a home for them.  We are the ones who will transform His place for us into a home.  It will be the best home we have ever had.  One of the exciting things about being a Christian is preparing for the move.  Surely the most important thing we can do is get used to living with Jesus by inviting Him into our earthly homes.   He is happy to come.  He doesn’t need a 10,000 square foot mansion.  He can turn a 900 square foot residence into a mansion just because He is there.  (Any size will work.)

Home really is where the heart is.  It could even be a tent in the forest or a refugee camp if the right people are there.

Written by Roger Bothwell on July 4, 2016

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