MercyMe frontman Bart Millard wrote “Almost Home” after a conversation with a friend in ministry. His friend shared with him the weariness that comes after a lifetime in ministry. Out of this conversation, Bart wrote the song as an encouragement to believers who are facing the weariness of life; to remind us all that we are pressing toward something far greater.
“I press on to reach the end of the race and receive the heavenly prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us.” Philippians 3:14 (NLT)
Written By: Jordan - Pastoral Care Team
My wife and I recently drove from Chicago to our new home in California. Along the three-day drive, we encountered boredom, exhaustion, dangerous roads, and storms. But what kept us going was the thought that, soon, we would be home and would not have to spend any more days sitting in the car for twelve hours at a time.
Like our multi-day car ride, life is a journey; and we are all somewhere in the middle, driving toward the home that God has prepared for us. But along the way, we face trials that are much more serious than twelve hours of boredom in a car. This often surprises us as Christians, but the journey we make is one filled with pain. As believers, we live in the in-between, awaiting the joy of heaven, while still experiencing the suffering of a sinful world.
Jesus alludes to this in Mark 1:15 when he starts His ministry: “‘The time promised by God has come at last!’ he announced. ‘The Kingdom of God is near!’” but then in other places, He seems to indicate that the Kingdom is not yet here (Matthew 16:28). Jesus is saying that we live in the in-between. The Kingdom of God is here—we see God moving—but the Kingdom of God is also not yet here, because Christ has not yet returned and the world is still full of suffering.
Paul encourages us to keep running in today’s verse. We are running a race. There will be difficulties, but there is great hope for our future if we continue pushing through. That’s why the song, “Almost Home,” by MercyMe is a perfect anthem for our lives as Bart sings these words: “Well this road will be hard / But we win in the end / Simply because of Jesus and us / It’s not if but when / So take joy in the journey / Even when it feels long / Oh find strength in each step / Knowing heaven is cheering you on.”
Remember these words when life gets hard. If you are anything like me, I’m always tempted to quit when things get tough. That’s why it’s important to remember our future hope. We need reminders that we are headed home. As you step into whatever today holds, I’m praying it will be a day filled with hope as you press on toward all Christ has for you.
1. How can you remind yourself of Christ’s hope for the future when you grow weary?
2. How can you encourage those in your community who are struggling with weariness?