You Cant Go Home For The Holidays
Posted: Friday, December 30
Verse of the day: I heard a loud shout from the throne, saying, “Look, God’s home is now among his people!” (Revelation 21:3 NLT)
My parents live in Springfield, Missouri. From our driveway in Greenfield, Google maps estimates a 9 hour drive. With four kids under the age of eight, Mandy and I estimate an 11+ hour drive. We’ve learned to pace ourselves and live by a few rules: McDonalds bathrooms are the cleanest, no ketchup in the car, and when a child says, “I need to go pee-pee,” take them seriously. It’s certainly an effort, but it’s always worth it. I love going home.
Think about Revelation 21:3 this way. God is a father who can’t share a home with his children. We can’t even visit for the holidays. God created us in his own image. We are designed to be like Him, and yet, we cannot live together. Sin has removed us from his presence—thousands of years and a world away. God can send His son to earth, He can hear our prayers, and He can display his authority over the earth. But by the standards of His own righteousness, He can’t live here.
That day is coming. Revelation 21:3-4 tells the story. “He will live with them, and they will be his people. God himself will be with them. He will wipe every tear from their eyes, and there will be no more death or sorrow or crying or pain. All these things are gone forever.” I want to live with my heavenly Father. I want to be free from the failures of this world. Let’s look forward to the day when God’s children come home.