I’ve been thinking lately about where I would like to live when I retire. (Yeah, I know…..no use thinking about it too much just yet…..it’s still several years in the future…..still fun to think about it just the same). A cabin somewhere in the mountains would be nice. Or nestled on the shore of a sparkling lake. Ah, I know the perfect place! A small bungalow on the beach! Going to sleep at night with the sound of the waves crashing on the shore. Waking up with the sound of the birds feeding along the coast. Enjoying a walk along the beach every morning and experiencing the pleasure of bare feet in the sand. That’s it; the perfect retirement home!
I suppose it’s ok to think about these things. But don’t get too carried away. There’s a danger of getting too “attached” to this world. It doesn’t make sense to think of anywhere in this world as the perfect retirement home. What DOES make sense is focusing on the Christian’s eternal home. How long will your retirement years last? Ten years? Twenty? Thirty? For some people, maybe more. But of what significance is any length of time on this earth when compared to an eternity in heaven? Very short indeed.
We are merely pilgrims on this earth. No wonder Peter wrote, “Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul;” (I Peter 2:11). Paul’s words remind us that our conversation (citizenship) is in heaven (Philippians 3:20). The things of this world are fleeting (II Corinthians 4:16-5:10). The things of this world will one day come to an end. “But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up” (II Peter 3:10). It’s impossible to describe just how insignificant your retirement home on this earth will be when time (as we know it) is no more.
There is a perfect place to live. But it’s not to be found anywhere on earth. It’s out of this world. Friends, I’m speaking of heaven. Hope to see you there!