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Our Christianity has the appearance of being an adjunct or an appendix to the rest of our lives instead of being the main theme and the moving force in our existence…We seem to have a real horror of being different. We have lost that idea and view of life which was so forcefully stressed and emphasized by the Puritans and the founders of the churches to which we belong, the idea that life is a pilgrimage and that while here on earth we are nothing more than travelers. The fathers wrote about life in that way, talked and preached about it like that, and sang of it in their hymns in that way. They were but ‘pilgrims in a barren land’… Now this idea has almost vanished out of our vocabulary and sounds strange to us…If you have faith in Christ you will not resent the fact that life is a pilgrimage, but will rather rejoice that it is so, because you will know that the pilgrimage is but a part of your exodus — an exodus from Egypt into Canaan, from bondage into freedom, and that an everlasting freedom. Your only regret will be that it takes such a long time, but even while you are here you will know a peace of mind and comfort that no one else can possibly feel.Martyn Loyd-Jones
The quote above launched the Not Our Home album into existence.
I read this sermon excerpt at 10:30 one night. Startling Emily, I bolted out of bed and found myself at the piano. Within 20 minutes our title track was written.
This is not our home.
When I read the sentence above, when I say it out loud, when I sing it, and especially when I take time to really think about it…it resonates conflicting emotions within me.
In all honesty, one emotion is a tone of grief and sadness. It’s a bit of a letdown and disappointment to realize that this isn’t our home. I haven’t fully sorted out whether or not this is a healthy emotion. I’d like to think that it is connected to the deep sadness we should all rightfully feel when we realize just how broken this world is. After all, it wasn’t supposed to be that way. This was supposed to be our home at one point, right?
But I think most of my disappointment is rooted in the fact that I’ve been working so hard to fit in!
On my most pious days, I would never admit that this is true. But before I read this sermon excerpt, before Not Our Home was written, the Lord had been opening my eyes to some of my own cowardice, pride, and fear of man.
I’m supposing that this is where most of my grief over the loss of this “home” really comes from. It’s really the loss of self. The loss of esteem. The loss of fitting in and finding a place here. It’s the loss of getting comfortable and settled. It’s the loss of my desire to have a home here.
So, even though the music is fun and light, I hope that you can hear the lingering groan as well. O, this is not our home. There is a sense of loss for me in the song.
However, there is also very much a grand sense of celebration and relief!
Whew! This is not our home! Heck yes!
For we do not have an enduring city here: instead, we seek the one to come.Hebrews 13:14
I recently watched a documentary on the holocausts that happened under rule of the Soviet Union and the Nazis. It’s hard to even know what to do with evil that is so horrific. In that moment I was so overwhelmingly thankful to know that this world is not my home.
But I’ve been trying to pay attention.
I’ve noticed that evil, poverty, suffering, oppression, and death aren’t the only things that make this world dissatisfying. Oddly enough, even those with an abundance of pleasure, riches, and freedom still can’t seem to settle in. It’s just never enough.
I’ll write more about this in later blogs, but I think C.S. Lewis hits the nail on the head when he said,
If we find ourselves with a desire that nothing in this world can satisfy, the most probable explanation is that we were made for another world.C.S. Lewis
This is NOT our home! That’s the answer! Something is missing. We aren’t made for this. We are made for more!
And the AMAZING news is that, in Christ, we are promised a home. A wonderful, beautiful home. Not just a dwelling place, but a place that is rich in all that makes life worth living. It’s a home that will be full of community, joy, peace, love, and best of all, God Himself. He is the prize at the end of our race. The One who makes a home, Home.
But our citizenship is in heaven, and from it we await a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ.Philippians 3:20
As we make our exodus out of this world and into the home that is promised to us, let’s sing together. Let’s remind each other that, no matter our current circumstances, our future is bright. Let’s spur each other on to run our race well and to make the most of the days that we have here. Let’s keep each other in check, because, like the Jews, our journey may get rough and we might find ourselves longing and groaning for a return to our days of slavery. Let’s mourn together the tragic losses that do occur here because of sin. But mostly, let’s LOUDLY celebrate the good news of the gospel and it’s abundance of hope and promise!
We are so honored and excited to share these new songs with you. Over the next several weeks I’ll be writing a blog that correlates with each song in order for you to get a feel for the journey that produced these songs.
Sometime in the near future I will also be releasing a devotional Ebook to go along with this album. I don’t have many details on that at the moment, but know that it’s on the way. In fact, pray for me if you think about it because I need some time and energy in order to complete that project.
We hope that these songs stoke at the fire of faith within you. We hope that they help you believe. We hope that they assist in the renewing of your mind by reminding you of the truth found in the Word.
Other posts about the songs on the Not Our Home EP