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 thirteen 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 Of Innocence
“Jesus said, ‘Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.’ When he had placed his hands on them, he went on from there.“
Matthew 19:14-15 (NIV)
What are some of your favorite childhood memories? What makes them so special? Are there things you know now, that if you knew then, would have made them less memorable? Why? Do you ever say or do things with pure and innocent motives that get made into something not so pure and innocent by others ? How does that make you feel? How does a lack of innocence change the way you interact with people?
I can think of no scene that more vividly portrays the contrast between innocence and its loss, than the sin of Adam and Eve in the garden. To go in an instant from walking in innocence with one another and with God to, for the first time, feeling a sense of nakedness and hiding from one another and from God. Babies and very young children still have that innocence where they can live completely free and unhindered. Our home with God restores that innocence so that we have no need to hide from God or from anyone else. As you pray, ask God to help you walk with Him in complete innocence. Pray that you would be innocent of the things that are evil and excellent in the things that are good.