September 9, 2019

Last week, Sandra walked into my office and said, “You’ve got to see this.” She handed me the section of the Temple Daily Telegram that had real-estate listings. This is the page where realtors advertise their properties with a small picture and description. I saw pictures of homes and smiling realtors. Then I noticed something strange.

Out of the twenty ads, one was significantly different. The picture showed a very small piece of property surrounded by a concrete footing. The ad said, “People are dying to get here! North Belton Cemetery. Two plots with concrete footing surrounding your final home.”

That’s right. Realtors are selling cemetery plots in the Showcase Homes section of the newspaper. As far as getting a good return for advertising expense, I think the realtor is a genius. But the description got me thinking because the ad described the cemetery plot as, “your final home.” That’s not true.

For those who follow Jesus Christ, our final home is not a small patch of ground surrounded by concrete. Our final home is a place of joy, peace, and celebration. It’s heaven.

Jesus promised that he would bring us home. All we have to do is be faithful. That’s what he meant by saying, “Don’t be troubled. Trust in God. Trust also in me. My Father’s house has room to spare. If that weren’t the case, would I have told you that I’m going to prepare a place for you? When I go to prepare a place for you, I will return and take you to be with me so that where I am you will be too. (John 14:1-3 CEB)

God loves you so much that he has made a place for you in his eternal home. God is good.

Prayer: Dear Gracious Heavenly God, thank you for sending your son to bring me home. Help me to always trust in you. I pray my words, thoughts, and actions reflect my love for you. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.

You are not home yet. Someday, you will be. That will be a great day.

I pray your day is filled with joy and laughter.

Tom Robbins