Scripture: John 14:15–17, 23
Key Verse: “Jesus answered him, ‘If anyone loves me, he will keep my word, and my Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our home with him.’” (John 14:23)
Each time my family received PCS orders, my parents took out a map and let me and my siblings guess where our new home would be. I felt hesitation, optimism, marvel, and excitement, all at the same time. Especially during my pre-teen and teenage years, I was aware of the many changes that came with transitioning to a new home—twelve homes.
For military kids, this concept of home is found in relationship rather than in geographical locations. Military kids are bound together by common experiences that transcend branch of service, location, rank, or duty station. Our sense of home is more about our identity than it is an association with an address. As Christians, we know from Jesus’s words in John 14:23 that he makes his home in us when we love and follow Jesus as our Lord and Savior. This love relationship with Jesus, through God the Father and the Holy Spirit living inside of us, goes beyond a new location of duty station, new school, new friends, and any other element of change during transition.
As military kids, we may be unable to give a one-word answer to the question, “Where are from?” But we know that wherever we journey, we have a home in Jesus because of our love relationship with him. No matter where military orders send you, your heart can find its home in Jesus!
What are some things you and your family do to get to know your new installation when you move? Share your ideas with a friend.
How are the words of Jesus in John 14:23 encouraging to you? How does this viewpoint on home change your perspective?
Write a letter to Jesus describing what it feels like to have to move so often. He understands. Then visit someone who has recently moved. Help show them the ropes in their new location.
Heavenly Father, I thank you for loving me perfectly, for living inside my heart, and for making your home with me. Knowing you are in me no matter where I go is encouraging, as I face unknowns and transitions in life.