Journey to a Prepared PlaceBro. David Chancellor
6/27/1999 6:00 PM
There's a place prepared for us with God. There are many concerns, but we don't want them to cause us to lose sight of what God has prepared for us. We are on a journey to the Father's house. Sometimes on a journey you see things that aren't so nice. You might get a bit tired of the view along the way. When you go on a journey is it all you go through on the way, or the end goal that you are going for? We're traveling to the Father's house and there are things we will meet along the road.
2 Corinthians 4:17-18
"Our light affliction which is but for a moment..." Just something we have to go through on the way. Homesick people will put up with a lot just to get home. These afflictions are working good in us, even if sometimes the afflictions seem to be more than we can handle. We could get so wrapped up in this life that we forget we're on a journey. We can be happy to see God working in our afflictions. Keep in mind that we aren't just going to a mansion, we're traveling HOME. We're going home to Daddy's house again...
Looking to Jesus... When Jesus was here all he could speak about was the Father. He wanted to go back to the Father. His interest was the Father and his will. Look to Jesus as an example of how we should travel to heaven. He didn't get too attached to things down here. We don't want to get too wrapped up with here. It's a journey to heaven and we want to be faithful to the journey. Sometimes we get tired physically and otherwise. Keep in mind Jesus and follow his example when the going gets tough. You don't want to spend too much time resting. Keep pushing to get to heaven and finish the course.
1 Peter 4:12-13
Don't dwell on your trials and feel you've been through it worse than everyone else. We're not going through NEAR the trouble of people in times past. If the trials get harder, just keep pressing on. Be glad you can be faithful to God. There are struggles for everyone to go through. People out in the world have a tough path. God's way has many benefits and blessings. Our hard times are equal to some people's good times. Rejoice and be partakers of Christ's sufferings. Stephen's life was cut very short, but he saw Jesus waiting for him. There's a place for us near Jesus' Father too. Just recognize that trials are part of the travel and keep your eye on the goal.
We have not attained yet what we are endeavoring for - heaven. We don't want to get caught up in the troubles of the way. Don't worry about or dwell on those things which are behind. "Jets don't have rear view mirrors." You don't worry about what is over and done with. You can benefit and develop from past experiences. Don't make your trip to heaven with your eyes on the rear view mirror. Paul didn't recount all he'd been through. His thought was, I have a crown.... Forget those things that are behind. The past will take care of itself. Don't live in the past. Reach for that which is ahead. Look WAY ahead... where you are going to be... where you are going to arrive at. Press towards the mark of the high calling of Christ. As we encounter things, press through to be with God. Put your eye on the end of the road - God has a place for us. Prepare for the trip. There will be some long challenging miles, but it'll be worth it all to reach the goal.