Home vs. Hotel
The world is but a great inn, where we are to stay a night or two, and be gone; what madness it is to get our heart upon our inn, as to forget our home! -THOMAS WATSON
For those of us men who travel we have found, sometimes, hotel rooms have an allure of pleasure; away from home in a place where much of the things we would enjoy in secret are readily available through virtual and alive temptations. This is all provided by the culture we live in, our feelings and the availability of the situation. In many ways the world we live in is our hotel and not our home as so aptly put by Thomas Watson.
Jesus came from God as a citizen of heaven. He longed for the time He would return home. His cure for worldliness was always bringing to mind His true home, the eternal place He knew was far more glorious than whatever He was giving up for it. He impresses upon others His personal knowledge of heaven and His awareness of its promise for all who would believe. And by His choices to risk earth for heaven, we got a clear picture of who He was and where he was headed, making what He might have possessed instead or what was said about Him by people pale in significance. Everyone who Christ encountered saw it, that firm gaze on an eternal kingdom that made it easy to say “no thanks” to every temptation away from His true home. Jesus was not worldly, because this work was not His home, not His hope.
God’s man, like the God-Man, risks forceful choices in the direction of his ultimate hope of heaven.
Thank you Father for the clear logic and answer to the temptation we face.