You may recall Jesus saying that a prophet is never honored by his family or in his hometown. You might also recall that most of the great men and women of the Bible were required by God to leave their homes and move away. This would include the likes of Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Moses, Joshua, David, Isaiah, Naomi, Ruth, Jesus and most, if not all, of His disciples.
Perhaps this is because we get complacent or perhaps too comfortable, maybe even lazy, when we remain “home”. Or, we don’t have anything to prove because everyone already has their perception of us and perceptions are hard to change. If Jesus’ neighbors couldn’t see the divinity in the Son of God, then can our neighbors see anything special about us? The self-fulfilling prophecy working it’s dark magic.
But doesn’t the same challenge, to grow, improve, get better, exist no matter where we live. Isn’t complacency the great crippler of change and hopelessness the great destroyer of growth/improvement? Doesn’t comfort often trump change? Don’t we have to change how we view ourselves before the self fulfilling prophecy kicks in for our good?
In Hebrews 11 Hall of Fame of Faith the one common denominator with all of the people mentioned was the fact that their homes were in heaven, not planet Earth. They were citizens of heaven and if their homes were in heaven where God resides, guess who they thought about most, not themselves. And if there minds were preoccupied with God, wouldn’t it change how they viewed themselves and others?
Perhaps that is the key to changing the way we view self, taking the focus off who we are and concentrating on Whose we are. Trying to view self through God’s eyes, dreaming God’s dreams for us and wanting to live in a kingdom ruled by love and God’s ways. Wouldn’t the things of this world start to pale, our purpose for living gain empowering perspective, and our hope for the future abound exponentially if we saw ourselves as people who reside with God?
The John Lennon lyrics , “you may say that I’m a dreamer, but I’m not the only one” is much more prophetic than he ever dreamed. When enough of us dream God’s dream, we truly will experience heaven right here on planet earth.