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 the final day 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 God’s Glory
“When they heard this, they were furious and gnashed their teeth at him. But Stephen, full of the Holy Spirit, looked up to heaven and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing at the right hand of God. ‘Look,’ he said, ‘I see heaven open and the Son of Man standing at the right hand of God.’“
Acts 7:54-56 (NIV)
Have you ever experienced a time when it seemed to you like an individual’s presence completely filled a room? How did it make you feel? What do you think of when you consider God’s glory? How overwhelming would a home with God’s glory be? How comforting would it be? What would cause it to be more one than the other? How do the traits we’ve considered in the previous 31 days fit into a home with God’s glory? How can your home today better reflect the glory of God in the home you are headed toward?
When I think of the glory of God, I first think about the description of God as being an all-consuming fire. Many times we connect that element of God with His judgment and wrath. While I think that is true, I also believe it describes the all-consuming nature of His glory. Heaven is a home where His presence cannot be hidden or ignored. His glory fills every part of this eternal home and of each person who dwells there. As you pray, ask God to so fill you with His glory that nothing could distract you from His presence. Pray that your journey home would be lived in pursuit of the glory of God filling you.