A Heavenly Journey - Monday, August 6th 2012
"Now He who has prepared us for this very thing is God, who also has given us the Spirit as a guarantee."
When you get ready to take a journey, you plan and prepare for what's about to happen. You make sure to prepare all your clothes and other items. You make sure that everyone who is going along is also prepared for the trip. Since we take the time needed to prepare for early trips, shouldn't we also take the time to prepare for our journey into heaven?
You may be asking, "How do you prepare for heaven?" One way we can prepare is to think about heaven and what we will do. Part of the excitement of a trip to the beach or the mountains is thinking and planning what you desire to do once you get there. This builds the excitement and helps us know what we need to do before the trip. Of course, the most necessary part of any trip is making sure you know how to get there and this is most surely true with heaven. We may have the best intentions but without a detailed map, we will not get there. So how do we get to heaven? Our map, the Bible, makes it very clear that we get to heaven by trusting in Jesus Christ. We do not get there by our works but by believing that Jesus died for us and that He rose again. Once we trust in His sacrifice for our sins, we are given heaven and everything else that Jesus offers. We do not know when this journey will start, but we can be prepared today. Are you ready?
Life Lesson: Heaven is a prepared place for prepared people who have trusted Jesus as their Savior.
Thank You for the gift of heaven through Jesus. Though I don't deserve it, I look forward to all you have in store for me in heaven. No crying, no pain and no sin; only the pure love and grace of our heavenly Father. God, help me to share the message of heaven with others so they can also experience the joy found in knowing it as their true home. In Jesus' name, Amen.
Living to tell what He died to say,
Pastor David McGee
Cross the Bridge
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