Message summary: It’s always a good time to consider our most important reservation!
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“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His great mercy has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to obtain an inheritance which is imperishable and undefiled and will not fade away, reserved in heaven for you, who are protected by the power of God through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time” (1 Peter 1:3-5).
When we were children we didn’t travel much and if we did we stayed overnight with relatives. It’s hard now to imagine how many adults and children crowded into that old farmhouse my Uncle Gentry and Aunt Dora lived in. We just made space to fit another one in to sleep on the floor and thought nothing of it. Anybody else have a memory like that?
Brooksyne and I did that when we first got married, but for many years now I make our reservations ahead of time, which of course is a lot easier withthe online reservation system that most hotels offer these days. Actually I rather enjoy preparing for a trip this way. When you’re tired from travel it’s great to have a room waiting and to know in advance just how much it will cost!
Speaking of reservations, let’s consider today the most important reservation we can make, the reservation for our eternal dwelling place! Let us especially consider the phrase in our daily text, “reserved in heaven for you”.
Notice the last two words in that 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 “an inheritance which 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 described it as “an eternal house in heaven, not built by human hands” (2 Corinthians 5:1). The Revelator John 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 our limited terminology!
Vitally important notes about our heavenly reservation:
- A reservation is required; unlike many restaurants and hotels where you can walk in unprepared and still get a meal or room we must prepare for heaven and make our reservation before we die!
- A reservation is available to all who call upon the name of the Lord. During this grace period you won’t find a “No Vacancy” sign posted!
- This reservation has already been paid in full through Christ’s atonement.
- This reservation is confirmed when we surrender our life 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! “The word is near you; it is in your mouth and in your heart, that is, the message concerning faith that we proclaim: If you declare with your mouth, ‘Jesus is Lord,’ and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved” (Romans 10:8,9).
Be encouraged today,
Stephen & Brooksyne Weber
Daily prayer: Father, we thank You for making us joint heirs 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 so that I will set my affections on things above, not on things of this earth. Amen.