With the heat of summer on and vacations all a bustle; making reservations are top of mind for many today. We busy ourselves making arrangements to fly or drive, for destinations and accommodations; locating friends and family to visit and oh, yes, don't forget about the budget.
Along the way we'll travel many miles, see special sights, take memorable photos and gather collectable souvenirs.
But in the midst of our fun and frolic have we forgotten to make our most important reservation?
My husband, Bill and I were studying Chapter 10 of Luke's Gospel the other day; an amazing chapter with many important events, but I'll share only one story today: Jesus sends out 72 disciples.
You may not realize it but Jesus had more than 12 disciples. Luke tells us: Jesus appointed 72 others and sent them out two by two ahead of Him to every town and place where He was about to go.
The teams were given instructions and sent on their way. Upon their return they joyfully reported to Jesus that even the demons obeyed when they used His name. Jesus told them don't rejoice because evil spirits obey you, rejoice because your names are registered in heaven.
Bill and I took great notice of this last statement. Our names are registered in the most important reservation book!
In a recent post titled Reflections I wrote about a trip Bill and I took to North Carolina for a ministry conference. While there, we took the opportunity to do some sight seeing and visited The Biltmore. As America's largest home with over 175,000 sq ft and 250 rooms it is a grand castle indeed; certainly the biggest mansion I'll see this side of heaven.
In the Gospel of John Jesus said:
Don't let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God, and trust also in me. There is more than enough room in my Father's home. If this were not so, would I have told you that I am going to prepare a place for you? When everything is ready, I will come and get you, so that you will always be with me where I am.
By believing in Christ we make the reservation for our room in that Great Mansion in Glory. We can only imagine the beauty and grandeur that await us in our Heavenly Home!
Is your reservation made? If not please take a moment to pray this prayer:
Dear God in heaven, I come to You in the name of Jesus Christ. I'm sorry for my sins and the life I've lived without You. I ask You to come into my heart; forgive me and erase my past mistakes with the blood that Jesus shed for me on the cross. Today I make You my Lord and Savior. O God, You are now more than my God; You are my Heavenly Father and I'm going to serve You all the days of my Life. I thank You that my name is registered in heaven and I have a place waiting for me to be with You for eternity! Amen