Moving is a mixed bag of emotions. When you begin to move, you begin taking an inventory of everything you own as you pack them into boxes. If you have ever moved once, you understand what it is like to find things you forgot you owned and find things you never knew you had.
Beyond the boxes, are the small, but important technical details like changing phone services, hooking up utilities, changing insurance and a variety of other things. Throughout the moving process one of those things you cannot forget is to leave a forwarding address.
A forwarding address makes sure that your mail will arrive at the right house, but it also is for others to know where to contact you. Leaving a forwarding address is a key for many people because they want to be sure people know where they are so they will be able to have them visit and stay in contact.
While we are packing, moving and settling in to our home, the preaching mind I have could not let it pass without thinking, “Where is our spiritual forwarding address?”
Do your family and friends know where you are going?
The Bible speaks of our citizenship in heaven (Philippians 3:20). I believe it is this reason that Paul encourages Christians to set their minds on things above and not on this Earth (Colossians 3:2).
Even Jesus left his followers a forwarding address of sorts,
“Let not your heart be troubled; ye believe on God, believe also on me. In my Father’s house there are many abodes; were it not so, I had told you: for I go to prepare you a place; and if I go and shall prepare you a place, I am coming again and shall receive you to myself, that where I am ye also may be.
“And ye know where I go, and ye know the way. Thomas says to him, Lord, we know not where thou goest, and how can we know the way? Jesus says to him, I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father unless by me.”
(John 14:1-6; ESV)
Does your family know your spiritual forwarding address?
How about your friends?
Just some thoughts,