“Our Heavenly Reservation”
May 21, 2012
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“Our Heavenly Reservation”
Over the last several days I have been making online hotel reservations for some travel this summer. Many of us appreciate the online reservation system that most hotels offer these days. When you are tired from travel it’s great to have a room waiting and to know in advance just how much it will cost!
This prompts me to consider our most important reservation, the reservation for our eternal dwelling place! Today let us especially consider the phrase in our daily text, “reserved in heaven for you.” The word used for “reserved” has the sense “to guard by keeping the eye upon.”
Notice the last two words in the phrase, “for you.” Praise God! Heaven is not just about some remarkable doctrine. It’s not merely a colorful destination we can only dream about when things are turning ugly on this side. It’s not just a nice sentiment of comfort for those who attend funeral services. Peter said to his original readers and through the sacred Scriptures to all of us that it’s “for you”. Praise God for His eternal provision!
Our future inheritance is reserved in heaven, solid and secure. It is “imperishable and undefiled and will not fade away.” Jesus said it’s where “moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal” (Matthew 6:20). Paul stated it’s “an eternal house in heaven, not built by human hands” (2 Corinthians 5:1). The Revelator declared it’s where “there will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away” (Revelation 21:4). Heaven is a place that surpasses human vision and defies terminology!
Important notes about our heavenly reservation:
- Reservations are required; unlike many restaurants and hotels where we can walk in unprepared and still get a meal or room we must prepare for heaven and make our reservations before we die!
- Reservations are available to all who will call upon the Name of the Lord.
- Reservations have been paid in full through Christ’s atonement.
- Reservations are confirmed when we surrender our lives to Christ.
If you haven’t already done so, now is the time to make this most important reservation. God’s reservation system is always available!
Be encouraged today,
Stephen & Brooksyne Weber
Daily prayer: Father, we thank You for making us joint heirs together with the family of believers in this wonderful eternal inheritance that can never perish, spoil, or fade kept in heaven for us. We gratefully claim this inheritance and await the appointed date when we will experience in full the blessings it provides. Troubles in this life diminish our hope, but rejoicing in the life yet to be revealed gives us a glorious living hope! Help us to fix our present hope on the future return of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Thank You for making my reservation in heaven since it is only there that enemies such as disease, aging, pain and loss will not exist. I want to keep this eternal perspective today! Through Jesus I come to You in prayer. Amen.
Late last week we spent several hours at Baltimore’s Inner Harbor and will share some photos over the next several days.
We took a speed boat tour of the harbor. A group of Amish youth from Lancaster County joined us; 7 boys and 7 girls. The girls are snapping photos of the boat prior to the trip using identical green disposable cameras they had apparently bought on the way down to Baltimore. Interestingly, the girls had disposable cameras but several boys had cell phone cameras.
This photo gives some idea of the speed when we got out of the no wake zone in the inner harbor at Fort McHenry and the captain really opened up the throttle! Notice the boy’s hair! We sat in the row behind the girls and enjoyed watching their expressions such as the girl featured.
“I Can Only Imagine” Video MercyMe This powerful song is a stirring reminder of what awaits us on the other side. I recall a moving memorial service when I heard the song in the context of honoring deceased ministers. There was a crescendo of praise in the congregation toward God as we reflected on what is ahead for all who are faithful in the Lord.
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