Twenty years ago – almost to the day – I was baptized. On that day, October 4, 1998, I publicly announced that I had received God’s glorious gift of salvation through His Son Jesus Christ, my Lord and Savior.
Looking back, I realize how little I really knew of God’s lavish love. And yet His love was sufficient to receive me into His arms as His daughter for all eternity. Since then, I have never looked at creation the same. When I ponder our world, I am thoroughly amazed at its beauty and order.
You Were On His Mind
Did you know that when God fashioned the earth, sun, moon, and stars, He did it all for you? He was thinking of you when He created the trees, flowers, and all kinds of fruit and food. It is no accident that the first humans, Adam and Eve, were created only after everything else was in order. Let your heart really soak this in: when God set out to design the world, it was you He had in mind.
Picture, for instance, a husband and wife looking forward to starting a family. Even before they learn they are expecting a child, they will begin to dream, wondering what their child will be like. They’ll start putting extra money aside. Many discussions will center on what name to give their child.
Long before the child is born, a room is cleared out and safety features are installed on outlets and cabinets. Linens, furniture, and plush toys are carefully selected and lovingly arranged. Bottles, bibs, and perhaps a rocking chair are brought home. Everything is put in order before the child arrives.
He Is Preparing a Place for Us
However, as much as one couple may plan, prepare, and dream about their new life with a child, it pales in comparison to how carefully your Father in Heaven, who purposely conceived you first in His heart and mind, set out to prepare a place for you. But it goes far beyond your earthly home.
Ever since the creation of the world, God has been preparing a home for you in Heaven. But how do you get there from here?
Just as a mother endures the pains of childbirth to free her child from her womb (which is not his permanent home), God was willing to endure a horrendous death on a cross in order to open the gates to Heaven. A perfect, holy, and eternal home prepared just for you.
Jesus said, “I am the gate. Whoever enters through me will be saved.” and, “In my Father’s house are many rooms…I am going there to prepare a place for you…” John 10:9, 14:2-3
Have you put your trust in Jesus’s death as your passage home – to an eternal home with God in Heaven?
“Even before He made the world, God loved us and chose us in Christ to be holy…[and] decided in advance to adopt us into His own family…through Jesus Christ.” Ephesians 1:4-5 NLT
“But to all who believed Him and accepted Him, He gave the right to become children of God.” John 1:12 NLT