“Now we know that if the earthly tent we live in is destroyed, we have a building from God, an eternal house in heaven, not built by human hands.” ~ II Corinthians 5:1
Now that the fire near my town has raged out of control, you can read about it on just about any internet news outlet in the country. It’s burning fast and due to the hot, dry spring we’ve had, shows no real signs of stopping. The sheriff estimates over one hundred buildings have been burned, but at the rate the fire is going, they really have no way to tell for sure.
As the fire continues to expand, the evacuation notices continue to increase. Over two thousand evacuation phone calls have gone out, with even more people on alert that they might need to evacuate next.
What boggles my mind, however, are the people who refuse to leave their homes when the evacuation orders are sent out. Rather than take the time they’ve been given to gather what is most precious to them and move to safety, they refuse, with one person going as far as to tell the sheriff’s office, “I’ll leave when I see flames.”
The problem is, with a fast moving fire, if you wait that long, it will be too late.
One person described being chased away from his property, with fire moving at forty feet per minute, roaring after him like a freight train.
And still, people insist on staying.
All I can think in response to this stubbornness is: It’s just a tent, folks.
Regardless of whether you live in a palatial mega-mansion or a one-room studio apartment, your home on earth isn’t any more permanent than the tents Abraham lived in during Old Testament times. Your home might be built out of two-by-fours and sheetrock or it might be built out of concrete, but either way, it isn’t going to last forever. It isn’t supposed to.
As believers, our home is in heaven. That’s where we need to be looking toward. Trying to create an earthly home that will last forever is impossible. And staking your life on the permanence of your house isn’t a gamble that I would be willing to take.
Hold the things of this earth with a loose grip. You never know when you might have to part with them. But hold your inheritance in heaven firm, because it will last forever.