Movin' On Up
traveling, an investor stopped off to visit a friend and notable
stockbroker with whom he had corresponded through the years. Following the directions given, he arrived at his residence -
a small apartment complex in midtown.
He rechecked to make sure he had the correct address and then rang
the doorbell, where he was greeted with a warm smile and a familiar voice.
He entered a small living room area with very modest furnishings
and decor. There was hardly even a picture hanging on the wall. After some
conversation, the visitor remarked, "You know, Frank, this place
has great potential....why not invest some money and remodel?
New furniture, carpet and wall coverings would make this place look really
stockbroker softly replied, "Not a very wise investment, Jim.
You see, this place is not my home!
I'm just living here temporarily while my home is being built.
My energy and focus are centered upon that permanent residence. In the meantime, it doesn't make sense to invest a lot of
time and resources in this place only to leave it all behind.
Why, the title deed has already been transferred into my name -
see, here's my new address! Besides,
I don't want to get too comfortable here, knowing that I will eventually
move out of this temporary apartment and into my permanent home."
around you. EVERYTHING that
you see is only temporary! One
day it will ALL be gone (2 Peter 3:10). If
we have placed all of our energy and focus on those things that are
material and temporary, we will have made some bad investments!
Fully aware of these things, the Apostle wrote, "So we fix our
NOT on what is SEEN, but on what is UNSEEN. For
what is SEEN is temporary
- but what is UNSEEN is eternal.
Now we know that if the earthly tent we live in is destroyed, we
have a building from God, an "eternal house" in
heaven, not built by human hands. Meanwhile
we groan, longing to be clothed with our heavenly dwelling" (2
Corinthians 4:18 - 5:2).
has prepared this "heavenly dwelling" for
THOSE who will submit their lives
to Him. Our "opportunity" to
live in this eternal home was "purchased" by
when He died on the cross for our sins (1 Peter 1:18-19). A "deed"
to this heavenly home awaits
THOSE who BY FAITH: (Hebrews 11:6), repent
sins (2 Corinthians 7:9-10), confess
Jesus before men (Romans 10:9-10), are
(immersed) for the forgiveness of their sins (Acts 2:38), and CONTINUE to
walk in the light of His Word (1 John 1:7).
is YOUR focus? Are
you spending your time and energy "decorating" your
TEMPORARY abode? Or, are
you planning to spend an eternity in an ETERNAL home prepared by Jesus for
to His words: "In my Father's house are MANY
mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. -
I go to prepare a
place for you! -
And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and
receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also" (John
Heaven is a "prepared place" for
a "prepared people".
Are YOU preparing yourself to inhabit this heavenly home?
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