Father, thank you for the days you give me that I can stop and consider your marvelous ways. Thank you for reminding me of your goodness and of the wonderful promise of eternity with you that lies ahead for all of us as believers!
Read: Hebrews 11:16, NIV
16 “Instead, they were longing for a better country – a heavenly one. Therefore, God is not ashamed to be called their God, for he has prepared a city for them.”
When I was between the ages of 8 to 10 my father had a home in the country that we loved to be at because it was situated on a large expanse of land. There was a large hill in the back of his property that we often thought would be a great spot for a playhouse. I’m not sure how the idea was first birthed, but once it was, we talked about it often with my father. We imagined it having two floors, with an upstairs window to look out and be able to see people coming up the hill. It would have a cool front porch and places to hide inside. Many times we were outside we would talk about new ideas for the playhouse and how our father could make it so amazing and wonderful! Just thinking about this dream was exciting each time we pondered and considered it! After a couple of years of dreaming about this playhouse, it finally came into being! When it arrived, it was bigger than we could have imagined. It was probably about 600 to 900 square feet up and downstairs. I just remember thinking it was bigger and more amazing than I could have imagined!
This is a mere taste of what heaven will be like! Our heavenly father has prepared a wonderous home for us in Heaven, our “true home.” A “city for them” the writer of Hebrews says! In Revelation, John speaks of the heavenly city in terms of the beautiful stones and materials with which it is constructed. Even John, in all his ability to transcribe what he was eye-witness to, could not begin to pass on to believers the grandeur, the majesty, and the wonder of what he saw! The king of kings and Lord of Lords; the lamb slain for our sins, Jesus himself will be there with all heavenly hosts for all eternity. Words cannot describe and our hearts cannot truly appreciate what lies ahead for us! The group Mercy Me sings the song “Finally Home” with the verses that say: “So amazed at what I've seen; So much more than this old mind can hold…When I finally make it home.”
We have talked about heaven all week and what beauty and majesty awaits us there for our eventual homecoming as believers. So, what now? Knowing that our home is not here on earth should move us to have compassion on the lost all around us so that everyone can have an opportunity to know Jesus and live with him in eternity. As you close out this week of devotions, put a marker in your mind every time you hear the word, “home.” Remember that those who are in Christ will not truly be “home” until we pass from this life to the next and we are finally with him in heaven.
Lord, I pray that my life would exemplify Christ and that your holy spirit would lead me to endless opportunities to share Christ’s love with this lost and dying world…before it’s too late. Amen.