At Home on an Airplane

The picture of refugees and exiles should break our hearts. So many people around the world are either driven from their homes or flee in search of safety and a chance to live and flourish. We should weep with them, pray for God’s mercy in their lives, and find practical ways to help.

Christians should be able to identify with being in a foreign place and without a settled home. 2 Peter 2:11–12 addresses the early church as “sojourners and exiles.” We, too, are ultimately foreigners in this present broken world and are looking for a city whose builder and maker is God.

I grew up as a missionary kid, and so have my children. We are sometimes called third culture kids, meaning we don’t really belong to our home culture, nor do we fully belong to the culture of the mission field. Sometimes we say that an MK is most at home on an airplane between two countries. This is a picture of the life of every Christian.

But unlike the poor refugees and exiles of the world, there are two wonderful truths that give us hope. First, our true home, the kingdom of God and Christ, is breaking into the present through the influence of the gospel and the power of the Holy Spirit. So wherever we live, and no matter what our earthly circumstances, we can rejoice that God’s grace is already at work in the world around us — even though we are waiting for the fullness of God’s kingdom. This is the second truth for sojourners in Christ: a new heaven and a new earth will one day come with the return of Christ and the completion of God’s plan and purposes.

Let’s seek the welfare of the city in which we live, let’s care for the refugees among us, and let’s remember that our true citizenship is in heaven.