An anonymous author wrote about an American tourist’s visit to the 19th century Polish rabbi, Hofetz Chaim made these observations: Astonished to see that the rabbi’s home was only a simple room filled with books, plus a table and a bench, the tourist asked, “Rabbi, where is your furniture?” “Where is yours?” replied the rabbi. “Mine?” asked the puzzled American. “But I’m a visitor here. I’m only passing through.” “So am I,” said Hofetz Chaim.
“But our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ, 21 who, by the power that enables him to bring everything under his control, will transform our lowly bodies so that they will be like his glorious body.” Phil 3:20,21
“For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain.” Phil 1:21
“Consequently, you are no longer foreigners and aliens, but fellow citizens with God’s people and members of God’s household,” Eph 2:19
“You guide me with your counsel, and afterward you will take me into glory. Whom have I in heaven but you? And earth has nothing I desire besides you. My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.” Ps 73:24
“But you have come to Mount Zion, to the heavenly Jerusalem, the city of the living God. You have come to thousands upon thousands of angels in joyful assembly, to the church of the firstborn, whose names are written in heaven. You have come to God, the judge of all men, to the spirits of righteous men made perfect,” Heb 12:22,23
Where is your furniture? Where are your valuable possessions? We find that when our minds are on heavenly things… then our valuable possessions will be of Heaven. Do we often find ourselves being too much of this earth… being too attached to this earth and its possessions? It is very easy to do.
However, we find that our minds are no doubt on the things that are important to us… and that importance is based upon our choosing. “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” (Matt. 6:19-21; NIV)
There is a favorite song that we, as a fellowship, have sung for many years. “This world is not my home, I’m just a passing through; my treasures are laid up somewhere beyond the blue.” (Traditional hymn) Do you too often find yourself too attached to this world? Do you often have to remind yourself that Heaven is your home and your citizenship mentally and spiritually is there?
May we remind ourselves often that “our furniture” is in Heaven permanently. Jesus is returning soon to take us home… let us look forward to going where our eternal furniture resides. ~~ Andrew Burns