I want to start by asking you when the last time you were homesick was? If you are young, maybe a college student who has experienced traveling the world alone, or a fellow student missionary- it might have been a recent experience. If you haven't encountered homesickness recently think of one thing you really miss or anticipate happening. I want you to grasp all the emotions of looking forward to something with all your heart. Waiting, hoping, and dreaming...
Now I want to ask you when was the last time you were homesick for heaven?
Kenny Chesney recorded a song titled "Everybody wants to go to heaven." The lyrics of the song say that everyone wants to go to heaven but nobody wants to go now. Honestly that song really bothers me because as much as I'm ashamed to admit it I find alot of truth in that song in my life and probably many people identify with not dreaming about going to heaven tomorrow but instead making plans for our life in the future and hoping we have time to live on this Earth.
There's a few big problems I can see with that. One of them is that we are too consumed with worldly things. God calls us to be unconcerned about this world. He says this world is not our home but only a temporary dwelling place.
1 Corinthians 3:2-3 says 9 What I mean, brothers and sisters, is that the time is short. From now on those who have wives should live as if they do not; 30 those who mourn, as if they did not; those who are happy, as if they were not; those who buy something, as if it were not theirs to keep; 31 those who use the things of the world, as if not engrossed in them. For this world in its present form is passing away!
Another problem is that if we are so consumed with the world right now, when will we get ready for Christ's coming? Will we be ready in time? Especially because Christ is coming soon!