My wife and I are planning a bucket list vacation trip in May this year. We’ll fly to Seattle, then by rail take a trip across the Rocky Mountains in Canada from Vancouver to Calgary. With stops and excursions along the way it will be 14 days of fun filled adventure, and great opportunity to explore my developing photographic skills.
We’ve been talking about it for awhile, and made our deposit a couple of months ago. While the trip itself is still about 5 months away, the anticipation of what we will experience and see is growing almost daily.
This got me to thinking…
One of the foundational truths of Scripture is that this world, this earth, this realm of reality, was never intended to be our final destination. What Jesus told his disciples clearly delineates this truth.
“Do not let your heart be troubled; believe in God, believe also in Me. In My Father’s house are many dwelling places; if it were not so, I would have told you; for I go to prepare a place for you. If I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself, that where I am, there you may be also.”
There are so many wonderful promises held in these three verses.
- God’s sovereignty affords us the means to never fear what our future may hold, and never be consumed by past events or mistakes, but to trust in Jesus’ ability to deliver us into God’s presence.
- Jesus, Himself, is doing the work that provides a place for us, so there is nothing else we need to “do” except trust.
- But perhaps the most tangible present hope and future exciting expectation is that there is a “place” for me. Jesus says so.
But there’s a catch, so don’t miss the fine print in this documentation of God’s promise. Hear the words of Jesus clearly:
I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me.
Were I to try to individually make all the arrangements of travel, hotel, meals, and site seeing opportunities afforded me on this rail trip, I’d never make it. I wouldn’t go. I don’t have the skills, the knowledge, or the determination to do everything required for making this bucket list vacation happen. But Rocky Mountaineer does. They do everything necessary, and everything required to make this trip possible. And I have my reservations!
In this same way, Jesus has done everything that is required by God to present you holy and blameless before God the Father, and initiate you into the heavenly kingdom of God as an eternal home. And there is a place specifically with your name on it. Have you made your reservation yet?
Jesus is calling your name, right now… say “yes” to Him.