Previously, I have referred to myself as homeless with Jesus and thought it would be good to bring some clarity to that statement. What does it mean to live homeless with Jesus? It has multiple meanings for me, one of which would be literal. If one loves Jesus, follows Him, serves Him in whatever capacity possible, and then becomes homeless, voila! There you go. You are now living homeless with Jesus.
Then there are those who grew up in houses (or not), maybe had families raising them (or didn’t ), but came to the realization that their supposed support system didn’t exist for their benefit. A home is much more than a house and when one is deprived, that hurting soul is well aware. Discovering they must raise themselves the best they could, the ones who lived became true survivalists. If along the journey in their extreme isolation they (by some Almighty miracle) also had the grace to discover a faith in a God who cared, then this would qualify as living homeless with Jesus.
Another way of interpreting living homeless with Jesus should include every Christian alive in the world. It is my contention that the Bible declares all who follow Him are homeless on this earth, pilgrims just passing through. Hebrews 13:12-14 tells us that here we have no continuing city, but we seek the one to come. Philippians 3:18 says our citizenship is in heaven. In Hebrews 11:13-16 we see that God’s favorite kids have a history of rejecting this world and love for the world’s ways.
The Message translation of the Bible has a simple way of looking at it. “Each one of these people of faith died not yet having in hand what was promised, but still believing. How did they do it? They saw it way off in the distance, waved their greeting, and accepted the fact that they were transients in this world. People who live this way make it plain that they are looking for their true home. If they were homesick for the old country, they could have gone back any time they wanted. But they were after a far better country than that—heaven country. You can see why God is so proud of them, and has a City waiting for them.”
Another favorite verse that has kept me from giving up when things were the toughest is Hebrews 11:37-38, (NKJV) They were put to death by stoning, they were sawn in two, were tempted, were slain with the sword. They wandered about in sheepskins and goatskins, being destitute, afflicted, tormented of whom the world was not worthy. They wandered in deserts and mountains, in dens and caves of the earth. (And these were God’s good guys we’re talking about. We won’t even mention what they did to his only Son, God incarnate.) Particularly poignant for the time we find ourselves living in now, there are millions throughout the world being cruelly slaughtered for Christ. I have it on good authority that they will be eternally compensated for the momentary distress and suffering. The world’s thinking is upside down according to the way the Creator looks at things. He is makin’ a list and checking it often. Now is the time to have your name written on the Lamb’s Book of Life (Revelations 21:27) before you’re in that coffin.
Yes, I truly believe all Christians should consider themselves homeless for their short time here on earth. They should consider that everything good comes from God and he desires prosperity and blessings, both for their soul and their life, but that may not include huge mortgages, fancy large dwellings, the newest cars, the best of things money can buy, the most toys for the best boys, etc., etc. All of that may not be His plan for a life. An interesting Bible verse admonishes Christians to get jobs so that they can have money to give to the poor. I call it interesting because it appears to be so well hidden in the Bible that many have yet to find it. (Google Ephesians 4:28) Another verse tells us not to store up treasures here on earth, and another states for where your treasure is there your heart will be also. Could it be possible that treasure is for more than getting the things we believe will make us safe? Could we discover that the love we crave grows inside exponentially when we give it away? Are we the sum total of that which we choose to love? There are mysteries to be discovered in the seeming paradoxes of the Word and the truth revealed is a beacon of light against the darkness. Living homeless with Jesus will benefit anyone who considers it, both in this life and the next. I welcome you who would consider the journey, and I encourage those who are already on it. The best is yet to come!