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 twenty-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 Of Rejoicing
“I tell you that in the same way there will be more rejoicing in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who do not need to repent.“
Luke 15:7 (NIV)
What has been the biggest celebration that you have been a part of? What was the cause for the rejoicing? How containable was the event? How happy are you when something good happens to a close friend or family member? Does their level of happiness influence how you respond? How difficult is it to put into practice God’s command to rejoice always? Why? How does knowing that heaven is a home of rejoicing help you to rejoice on your journey?
A home of rejoicing has a tendency to attract people to it. In the midst of celebrating success and accomplishments, we want to share our joy with the people around us. Joy and laughter are contagious and especially so when we all have a reason to rejoice. There can be no greater reason for rejoicing and celebration than to finally arrive home to an eternity with God. As you pray, ask God to fill you with a spirit of joy as you journey toward His home filled with rejoicing. Pray that you would learn to rejoice always as you consider the home that awaits you. Pray that your home on earth would be filled with rejoicing because of your relationship with Christ.