In a famous line from a profoundly famous movie of yesterday year, Dorothy repeats “There’s no place like home.” In the classic movie Wizard of Oz those words brought her back to her home and back to reality. She was now much more appreciative of home having been away or at least seemingly away so long. The idea of home is such a powerful thought, sometimes we lose track of its importance but it always has a way of coming back around in our hearts and in our minds. We all long for home or place to call home.
I was reading an article recently regarding a shift in religious affiliation in the United States. 20% of our population no longer proclaim an affiliation with any religious group. Most still believe in God from that group but don’t go to church services or claim to be a participant with any particular group. This has a lot to do with a changing culture and an emphasis away from God in our society. However there still remains that longing, that longing for a sense of home, one that this world is no able to fill. I’m not just talking about where the recliner and the dinner table reside, but rather a place or sense of home in this turbulent world. A place of belonging and a sense of identity.
One of the remarkable things about our God who created this vast universe and each individual person is that he created us with a longing for a relationship and a sense of home with God. Consider this section of scripture as Paul discusses God with the philosophers of Athens in his day:
“The God who made the world and everything in it is the Lord of heaven and earth and does not live in temples built by human hands.And he is not served by human hands, as if he needed anything. Rather, he himself gives everyone life and breath and everything else.From one man he made all the nations, that they should inhabit the whole earth; and he marked out their appointed times in history and the boundaries of their lands. God did this so that they would seek him and perhaps reach out for him and find him, though he is not far from any one of us.‘For in him we live and move and have our being.’ As some of your own poets have said, ‘We are his offspring.’ – Acts 17:24-28
We have a longing for a home, a home with God. We are, after all, His offspring. If you have been longing for something more, something beyond a world of ever reaching for the next shiney object, maybe it is time you started looking for a spiritual home, one where you can learn of God and what He has to offer in regards to purpose and life.
We would love to assist you on that journey and hope that you would contact us or better yet come visit with us. There is a place for you to grow at Three Forks Church of Christ and we trust a place where you can come home. We hope you would bring your family to meet our family, we would be so honored and so blessed to meet you.