This is Not My Home

By: Kim Davis
October 27, 2015

Life in professional baseball can have a very temporary quality. When my husband came up the ranks of the Mariners it was still a baby franchise without a national following. After two years in the Big Leagues, people that heard he was playing for the Mariners would ask me, “When is he going to make it to the Big Leagues?” The future of the team was always in question. Every year there were rumors that it would be sold or moved, and every season had the trade rumors about my husband.

We ended up living in Seattle for eight seasons but never felt truly settled. It was hard to be “at home” and stay mentally prepared for the possibility of leaving at a moment’s notice. We never unpacked our wedding gifts and never got too attached to the community; living that way can make you feel like a perpetual stranger in a place that is not home. Most baseball wives learn how to make even their most temporary housing into a livable home environment for their families, but that underlying feeling persists – sometime in the future, we expect to have a permanent home where we can dig roots and really feel settled.

In the same way, God has called believers to realize our temporary existence in this fallen world which we call Earth. The Bible actually calls us strangers, foreigners, aliens. This world is not our permanent home; we have an eternal home in heaven, a mansion that Jesus is preparing for us. In 2 Corinthians 5:1-5, Paul reminds believers that their earthly tent, the house of their mortal body, is going to be torn down and replaced by an eternal dwelling in heaven. God’s very purpose for us is eternal life and He has given us the Holy Spirit as a down payment, giving us the assurance of His promise.

Sometimes I forget that this world is not my home, and I begin to search for satisfaction in the things it offers. But I always come up empty, dissatisfied, and frustrated because the world’s lusts “wage war against the soul” (1 Peter 2:11). Then God reminds me in His Word that the only thing that will satisfy my soul is a deep relationship with Him. 

In The Weight of Glory, and Other Addresses, C.S. Lewis wrote, “If we consider the unblushing promises of reward and the staggering nature of the rewards promised in the Gospels, it would seem that our Lord finds our desires not too strong, but too weak. We are half-hearted creatures, fooling about with drink and sex and ambition when infinite joy is offered us, like an ignorant child who wants to go on making mud pies in a slum because he cannot imagine what is meant by the offer of a holiday at the sea. We are far too easily pleased.”

Take some time to examine yourself and your attachments. Are you rooted so deeply in the things of the world that you have no time to nurture your attachments with God? Are you investing your time, energy, talents, spiritual gifts, and finances in things of eternal value? Are your desires too weak, being satisfied with mud pies instead of infinite joy in God?

Prayer: Heavenly Father, I am awed at the thought of a joyous, glorious, eternal existence in Your presence. Teach me truths from Your Word that will help me grow in You and help me to abstain from worldly attachments, which will never satisfy my soul.

“I go to prepare a place for you … so that where I am, you may be also.” (John 14:3)

Suggested Reading: 1 Peter 1:17-21

— Kim Davis