The Destination

JESUS SPEAKING

                And when Jesus saw great multitudes about him, he gave a command to depart to the other side.  Then a certain scribe came and said to him, “Teacher, I will follow you wherever you go.”  And Jesus spoke to him saying, “Foxes have holes and birds of the air have nests, but the Son of man has nowhere to rest his head” (Mathew 8: 18 – 20.)

INSPIRED THOUGHTS

               Jesus Christ was born in human form and raised in the house of Mary and Joseph.  Yet his true home was with God in heaven.  He was a sojourner, perpetually mindful of his eventual destination.  With no earthly residence, every miracle, act of love, and profession of truth brought him one step closer to home.  As he traveled, he sought to persuade others to join him in journeying toward the Kingdom of God.  A divine mission, which through the faithful, currently continues.

                In the Old Testament, Moses led millions of Israelites out of slavery and bondage in Egypt.  After passing through the Red Sea, they wandered in the desert for 40 years; roaming the wilderness; living in tents; with no stable place to call home.  Yet God had sworn an oath, to eventually provide them with a permanent dwelling place; a promise that kept them alive as they embraced a life of hardship.  After many long years of sacrifice, God fulfilled His pledge; safely guiding them in to the land of Israel.

                Similarly, Jesus Christ leads many out of bondage to sin; in turn, they become travelers; reliant upon God’s provision.  Each one, clinging to the promise that they will one day enter His permanent dwelling place.  As we journey toward the Kingdom of God, we must embrace a life of sacrifice, humility, and service.  By denying our love of this world, we can lay hold of the world to come.  The road to heaven is long and the way is hard; but the destination is more wonderful than anything we could ever imagine.

                “Lord Heavenly Father, may we cling Your promises.  May we deny our own desires and embrace sacrifice.  Strengthen us as we continue journeying toward Your kingdom; make us ever mindful that we are but travelers heading home.  May we always reach out to the lost; persuading them to join on us on our journey.  We love You Father, we praise You, and we thank You, and we ask and pray all of these things, according to Your will, in Jesus Christ’s name.  Amen.”  God bless all of you.

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