Sundown Devotional: Going Home Ready and Glad
Sundown Devotional brings friends together as the sun sets on the workweek. We relax, reminisce, reflect and share inspiration from our peaceful meditation on a short Scripture passage. In this session, we focus on heaven as our home. Christian or not, we will all be inspired. Welcome!
- Now when these things begin to happen, look up and lift up your heads, because your redemption draws near. ―Luke 21:28 NKJV
Most likely, when you worked outside the home, you were happy to get home every day. Now that staying home is mandatory, how do you feel? Glad? Sad? Mad?
In Luke Chapter 21: 25-28. Jesus tells us that when nations become distressed and perplexed, when people are obviously dying from fear, we are nearing home. He also describes our going-home posture, not full of sorrow or horror, but confident and glad. “Look up and lift up your heads, because your redemption draws near.” Between now and then, we can joyfully say to everyone we meet that we are homeward bound. We may even invite them to come along.
Why then do some Christians appear to be frightened by the signs preceding our home-going? Why do we frighten each other even more, with the many WhatsApp texts highlighting distress and disasters? Why not send messages confirming our joy and inviting others to get ready for home? Bear in mind that although Jesus may not return for the faithful before the end of the virus pandemic, thousands are having their last chance today, to look up to Him as Savior and Redeemer.
What the King James Version translates as “Look up” is rendered in newer versions as “Straighten up.” This term emphasizes our responsibility to stand ready. We are passing through this worldly foreign territory to the heavenly home country to which we belong. As much as possible, let’s mend relationships, renounce bad habits and perform God-given tasks while we still can. Let us boldly live out our convictions, in the light of God’s promise that His grace is sufficient (1 Corinthians 12:9).
Do we long to go home? Not only will we escape pandemics and other disasters; we will also enjoy the presence of our loving God. What is our appropriate waiting posture? Absolute readiness in peace and purity (2 Peter 3:14) and in joy.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, we pray with thanksgiving that while we trust You with protection for our physical well-being, we also trust You to help us to focus on our readiness for Your eternal redemption. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
Ten Quotes About Heaven as Our Home
- “The great test of life is to see whether we will hearken to and obey God's commands in the midst of the storms of life. . . And the tragedy of life is to fail in that test and so fail to qualify to return in glory to our heavenly home.” ―Henry B. Eyring
- “Earth is your training ground; Heaven is your Home court.”―Danny L Deaubé
- “My desires are not for earthly things that will fade, corrode or burn. I set my heart and mind on things above. My faith and hope are in God alone and I eagerly await His return for me, because you see, 'I'm a citizen of heaven.'” ―Derek M. Puma
- “The Bible tells us that Jesus Christ came to do three things. He came to have my past forgiven, you get a purpose for living and a home in Heaven.” ―Rick Warren
- The human heart longs for an assurance of a blessed, immortal place where those made righteous, the forgiven, the blessed are at home with God; when sin, disappointment, human failure, heartache, disease and death are forever ended!” ―John R. Rice
- “We are homeward bound. He who loved us so much as to die for us hath builded for us a city. . . Those whose lives have been hidden with Christ, those who on this earth have fought the good fight of faith, will shine forth with the Redeemer's glory in the kingdom of God.” ―Ellen White
- “We have but one permanent home: heaven - that's still the old truth that we always have to re-learn - and it's only through the impact of sad experiences that we assimilate it.” ―Pierre Teilhard de Chardin
- “For the Christian, heaven is where Jesus is. We do not need to speculate on what heaven will be like. It is enough to know that we will be for ever with Him.” ―William Barclay
- “I’m not afraid to die, for I know the joys of heaven are waiting. My greatest desire is to live today in anticipation of tomorrow and be ready to be welcomed into His home for all eternity. Will you be making the journey with me?” ―Billy Graham
- “Think about the comfortable feeling you have as you open your front door. That's but a hint of what we'll feel some day on arriving at the place our Father has lovingly and personally prepared for us in heaven. We will finally - and permanently - be 'at home' in a way that defies description.” ―Charles Stanley
More Sundown Devotionals
- Sundown Devotional: The Virus Resembling the Wind
COVID-19 reminds us of the wind in Peter's story. Trying to escape the threat of death on the sea of Galilee, he encountered heavy waves which made him panic, but the real danger was in the wind.
- Sundown Devotional: Faith Through the Tough Times
The point of mature faith is not the reward; it is the joy and satisfaction of being faithful. God is with us in the tough times, and no matter how far down the disaster pushes us, we trust God to hold us up.
© 2020 Dora Weithers