Big Idea: As God's children, we will live forever with God.
Jesus in John 10.28a (CSB): I give them eternal life, and they will never perish.
Devotional: I enjoy traveling and I prefer direct flights whenever possible. However, four years ago, there was no direct flight from Cardiff, Wales or Bristol, England. So, I jumped a flight in Bristol, traveled to Amsterdam, and connected with a plane going to Germany. Things move fast when you travel internationally and I had to keep my final destination in mind at every stage of the journey.
While a physical destination is easy to remember, I fear that we can sometimes forget our ultimate, final destination. As God’s children, we do not belong to this world and we are not of it (John 18.36). Our residency is in God’s heavenly Kingdom (Phil. 3.20). When we remember our true destination, we are able to serve God more boldly and confidently . We are also able to face difficulties in this life because we know that there is more than meets the eye.
Only can God’s children say with confidence that we rejoice in our afflictions, because we know that affliction produces endurance, endurance produces proven character, and proven character produces hope (Rom. 5.3-4). This confidence is ultimately rooted in the truth that Jesus spoke: I give them eternal life, and they will never perish. Did you catch that? We will never perish. We will always be God because nothing can separate us (Rom. 8.38-39)! So, don’t live for today or tomorrow… live for eternity!
-How are you living in light of eternity? What can you do today to live in the hope that Jesus has provided?
-What can you do to remember your final destination daily?
-Pray and ask God to help you live in light of eternity. Ask him to help you live a life that is honoring to him and thank him for the eternal life that Jesus has provided.
You know, eternal life does not start when we go to heaven. It starts the moment you reach out to Jesus. He never turns his back on anyone. And He is waiting for you… —Corrie ten Boom