The hope in every house share
If you’re in your twenties or thirties, you’ve probably lived in at least one house share.
House shares can be great, but they’re also hard. Housemates come and go. You’re always on the move. You only have half a shelf in the fridge.
‘I should have my own place by now,’ you think. ‘This just doesn’t feel like home.’
Longing for our true home
Here’s the thing. It shouldn’t feel like home.
Christians aren’t called to ‘settle down’ in this world. Ignore the advice on house-hunting TV programmes. We don’t need to look for our ‘forever home’ here.
We’re looking forward to a perfect, permanent home with our Father God.
People who live in beautiful houses may look secure and comfortable, but earthly riches can be deceiving. The truth is that this world is passing away (1 John 2:17).
If you’re weary of the house-share life, you’re feeling something that’s deeply true. The longing for a ‘forever home’ reminds us to look ahead.
Living together with God
The Bible gives us several pictures of our future with God: A marriage, a family and… a house share?
My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you? (John 14:2)
In our true home, we won’t be living separate lives. No one will be going back to an empty flat. We’ll all live together, worshipping our awesome God.
While most people want privacy, God says we’re made to be in a close community, with him at the centre.
Our true home will have many rooms filled with our Christian brothers and sisters from all over the world. Our saviour Jesus has prepared a place for each of us there.
Your house share may feel uninspiring, but be encouraged; it’s a picture of your glorious future home.