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Safely Home

An evangelist in India once told the following story.

One day a scientist found some bird eggs that had not hatched. He took the eggs to a country where the climate was cold.

The scientist hoped the baby birds that hatched from the eggs would think the new country was their home. He hoped they would be happy to stay in their new home.

The birds hatched, and they stayed in their new home during the summer. But when the summer was over, they flew back to the country where the scientist had found their eggs. They never came back.

Christians are like the birds, the Indian evangelist said. We were born in this world, but it is not our home. When the time comes for us to leave the earth, we will go to a true eternal home in heaven.

To Think About
Persecuted Christians understand that the Christians’ eternal home is in heaven. Hebrews 11:13-16 talks about heroes of our faith with such an “eternal perspective.” How can the knowledge that our true home is in heaven give us the courage to face the struggles we have on earth?

Hebrews 11:13–16: These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off were assured of them, embraced them and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth. For those who say such things declare plainly that they seek a homeland. And truly if they had called to mind that country from which they had come out, they would have had opportunity to return. But now they desire a better, that is, a heavenly country. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God, for He has prepared a city for them.