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News from Home

Whenever I travel overseas it is always important for me to be able to stay in touch with home.  I am very thankful for the technology that allows me to call my family from practically anywhere in the world.  Sometimes I text or email, but, of course, it is always better to hear the voices of my loved ones.

I also like to be able to keep up with what is happening in my home state and in America while I am away.  Everyday, if possible, I will check the internet for news stories from home.  Recently, on my way home from Poland, I was thankful to find a current copy of an American newspaper at the Amsterdam airport.  I probably read every article in that paper, drinking in the news from home.

As believers, we need to constantly remind ourselves that we are first and foremost citizens of another land.  Whatever our nationality, the primary citizenship of a Christian is in Heaven. (Phil. 3:20)  While we are in this world we are to live life to the fullest.  We are ambassadors of Christ.  Jesus has commanded us to be salt and light and to be His witnesses.  We are a chosen generation that God has saved and set apart to make a difference in this world.  However, every day of our lives we need to stay in touch with Home.  We stay in touch, primarily, through prayer, reading God’s Word, and listening to the voice of the Holy Spirit as He bears witness with our spirit.

How great is your desire to read the news from Home?  With all that is happening in this world, isn’t it good to know that God has given us His Word from Home that is filled with promises, instructions, warnings, exhortations, and the greatest news of all…the Gospel?  How wonderful it is, to be able to spend time in communion with our God; anytime, anywhere, and every day!

Years ago, I was taking the discipleship course, MasterLife, in order to graduate from seminary.  There were about eighty people in the main class and that was divided into groups of ten or so for the discussion sessions.  One morning our small group leader asked us the question, “Why do you think prayer was so important to Jesus?”  There were several pastors in our group, and as we went around the circle, the pastors, including myself, gave typical preacher-sounding answers to the question.  However, there was another individual in our group.  He was a young man, a new believer who had only been a Christian for a few months.  He was a minor league baseball player who was attending the class at the invitation of his pastor.  After all of the preachers had given their answers, this young man gave his response.  With a thoughtful look in his eye, this young man said, “I think prayer was so important to Jesus because every time He prayed it was a chance for Him to go Home again.”

Friends, that is one of the most profound things I have ever heard in my life!  How simple, yet how profound.   Jesus Himself longed for the news from Home.  Everyday and all throughout the day, Jesus stayed in touch with His Heavenly Father.  If this was so vital for Jesus Himself, who do we think we are if we go for any length of time at all without checking in with Home?

Let us ask the Lord to give us a fresh and deep desire to live in constant communion with Him. Everyday, let us desperately long for the Lord Himself and for the news from Home.

In Christ’s service,

Allen

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