Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God. When Christ, who is your life, appears, then you also will appear with him in glory.

During the next week, my wife and I expect to move house, after a two and a half year process (often traumatic!) of trying to sell our current home. This has been Jilly’s beloved home for close to eighteen years, and mine for more than twelve. It has been a privilege to live here for so long. We thank God that our dwelling has also been a blessing to many others.

But it’s not our real home. Neither will the place we move to be, much as we love it.

All we ever do is live in temporary ‘shelters’ here on earth. Some (perhaps all of them) may absorb many happy memories within their walls – and no doubt hold a share of sad ones too.

But here we have no permanent home. If we have experienced the conversion-resurrection miracle, our true address is ”with Christ in God.”

It is as well to remember this.