God's Witness to the End and Sitting Among Friends Blog Party #93


This world is not my home.

I am just a passing through.

My treasures are laid up somewhere beyond the blue.

The angels beckon me from heaven’s open door

And I can’t feel at home in this world anymore.

Those are the beginning song lyrics to This World is not My Home by Jim Reeves from his album We Thank Thee.

When I began to think about writing this post. Those words came to my head. The only thing I could think is that my grandfather used to sing this song.

He would go around the house or just about anywhere and sing tidbits of songs. Remembering that puts a smile on my face. What puts a bigger smile on my face is knowing that he is able to sing to Jesus now.

He was a faithful man. I remember seeing him every morning sitting at his dining room table, Bible open and praying. As he went through his day, he was singing tunes such as these.

When my grandfather passed away, he was at such peace. He said I’m going home. Although that was hard for us to see him go, we could do nothing but rejoice with him.

He knew his home was not this world and he lived as a testimony to God’s faithfulness.

So often we are bombarded with the stresses of this world. It sometimes seems so overwhelming that we feel like we are going to break. We want to know we are doing right in the sight of God, yet we have an uneasiness about us.

Well, part of that uneasiness comes from the very thought of the first lines of this old song.

My grandpa knew all too well, especially near the end that this was not his home and he was just passing through.

We are here for only a moment, visitors and strangers in the land as our ancestors were before us. Our days on earth are like a passing shadow, gone so soon without a trace. 1 Chronicles 29:15 (NLT)

I have fond memories of my grandpa. He passed away of cancer. I got to spend a lot of time near the end of his life taking him to appointments and taking him for rides in the car.

And I fondly remember him telling me one time that he asked the Lord for one thing and that would be that he would pass peacefully in his sleep. Well the Lord granted him that final prayer.

Up to the minute and even beyond my grandfather’s life lives a story of his witness and testimony of his faith.

We are here for only a moment, visitors and strangers in the land as our ancestors were before us. Our days on earth are like a passing shadow, gone so soon without a trace. 1 Chronicles 29:15 (NLT)
Because of his life and his peaceful passing, my husband (we were just dating at the time) decided to give his life to Christ. He saw that if a man could have that peaceful of a death, just passing through this world, he wanted that peace in his life as well. A peace that only comes from God.

My grandfather never got that news but I know that the moment he stepped into the presence of The Almighty Lord, he was greeted with the words Well done, good and faithful servant.

"His master replied, 'Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master's happiness!' Matthew 25:21 (NIV)

Even if you feel like you have been dealt the shorthand, God has put you in charge of that hand. Living a faithful life with the little still means you get to share in the Father’s happiness.

My grandpa always joked that my grandma nagged him into heaven but I know there is no place he would rather be than worshipping at the feet of his heavenly Father.

So, the uneasiness in this life. It is only for a while. Because one day as a believer, you too, will find that this world was not your home and you were only passing through.

Being God’s witness right to the end. Receiving our reward as a life well lived. Well, then I too, just want to be passing through till I am beckoned home.

Personal Reflections:

Is there anyone that has influenced your life greatly in your faith walk?

What would you say about them or to them as they have left their legacy imprint on you?

Is there a song that you sing that helps bring you spirit into worship?

If this world is not our home, then why do we live like it is?

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7 comments :

  1. Jaime, your legacy sounds a lot like mine. Godly grandparents. Are we not the most blessed of people? xo

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  2. This world is not my home is the song I learned as a teenager when someone gifted me a Jim Reeves cd. Today , my three year old triplets sing them as well. Oh, what a great reminder that everything of this world passes by but the legacy we will leave for our generations will continue .
    So glad to link up with you here as well:)
    Blessings to you ,Jaime !

    Diana
    http://dianasdiaries.com

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  3. What a blessing to have such a sweet grandfather :)

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  4. It's interesting that that this is your focus today, Jaime, because it was mine just the other day as I've been studying Hebrews. I am at chapter 11 and read about how Abraham and his sons lived in tents in a foreign land that God had called Abraham to go to, and all of them did this because of the hope of that home in heaven one day. They didn't get caught up in this world and what it has to offer, but looked to God for all they wanted and needed. Your grandfather was a wise and faith-filled man like them. And that's something I aspire to be too! Inspiring post, my friend!

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  5. What a legacy of sweetness from that dear man!

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  6. What a beautiful legacy, Jaime. Godly grandparents are such a blessing! Mine have had a tremendous impact on my life and legacy. I would be interested in corresponding with you about guest posting. Bless you!

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  7. What a lovely tribute to your grandfather, Jaime! I need to keep this perspective more when hard things try to overtake me. I'm but a stranger here, Heaven is my home!

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