Each one of us is on a journey to our final, and eternal, destination. As Christians, we live with the confident assurance that our eternal home is with God. But, we’re not home yet and there is a life to be lived as we journey toward heaven. It is my prayer that this series of devotions will help you discover not only a glimpse of heaven, but that it would prepare you to more fully live like you are home even as you continue the journey.
This is day one from the devotional journal, “Almost Heaven: Devotions For the Journey Home”. Each of these devotions are designed to help a person spend time with God in the process of discovering how He would have us to live as we prepare for an eternal home.
A Home With Authority
“It saves you by the resurrection of Jesus Christ, who has gone into heaven and is at God’s right hand –with angels, authorities and powers in submission to him.“
1 Peter 3:22 (NIV)
When you think of authority, who or what comes to mind? Why? Do you prefer to be in a position of authority or under the authority of someone else? Who was/is the authority in your home? Who is their authority? What are some advantages of being under a good authority who truly cares for you? How would you describe God’s authority to someone who has had unpleasant experiences with people misusing authority?
In today’s culture, it may not be the wisest move to write a book with authority as the first topic covered. Yet, not only does it come first alphabetically, God’s authority in heaven and on earth really is the foundation for making our journey home be a preparation for what we will experience when we arrive. Everything in heaven, even authority itself, exists in submission to Jesus so it may be a good idea to get used to that on our journey home. As you pray, ask God to help you live with the freedom that comes from recognizing His authority over everything. Pray that you would be a godly example of authority because of your submission to Him.