Monday, September 3, 2012

Do You Have Reservations?

Have you ever saved a place for your friend(s) in a crowded church service and felt uncomfortable because you knew there was a chance they might not show up, and the seats would be empty?  But what if it was a concert your friend(s) had paid for?  You would have no reservations about holding their places.

While on earth, Jesus never had a place, once telling an aspiring follower, “Foxes have dens to live in, and birds have nests, but the Son of Man has no place to lay his head” (Matt. 8:20). Jesus knew His Father was holding His place in Heaven.

And to His disciples, He promised: “In My Father’s house are many dwelling places, and I'm going to prepare a place for you” (John 14:2). Ever since, all believers have treasured the truth that He has reserved our place in Heaven.  It is prepaid and has our name on it (Eph. 1:20; 2:6; Col. 3:1). And without reservation, I can tell you there will be no empty seats in heaven.

1 comment:

  1. Good morning Dr. Greg,
    Good play on words! I admire your thoughtful posts and creativity as you mesh the daily activities with thoughts of eternity.
    There is the thought, "how would you compete if you knew you were going to win?" There are stories of championship teams that though they had a swagger, they also played hard. They showed excellence in all that they did, even though they were very confident of their eventual success.
    We have less reason to swagger (it ain't our doing that we get to go to heaven), but more reason for confidence (faith). The promise is based not in us, but on God, who is faithful, powerful, loving, good and who cannot lie. God wins.
    Godspeed! Larry Q