"One road leads to home and a thousand roads lead into the wilderness."
Have you ever turned away from the wilderness road? Have you found the road home?
Have you taken time this week to remember what it was like to be lost in the wilderness? Have you ever stopped this week to think what Jesus did in bringing many of us home? Have you considered the hope that this brings?
I think it is easy for Christians to get smug in their faith and forget what it feels like to be lost. I think we forget that the world that is lost in the wilderness might be looking for home.
The man I saw walking down the highway today was clearly without a home. He needs to find a way home. However, what about the happy, successful business man or the contented mom? Are they any less lost than our homeless friend? In a word, yes. Their middle-classness will keep them anesthetized to such an extent that they many never find home.
Are you thankful you have seen the Road and know that there's a home made just for you?
Read: Ephesians 2:17-22
17 Jesus brought the Good News of peace to you Gentiles who were far away from him, and peace to the Jews who were near. 18 Now all of us can come to the Father through the same Holy Spirit because of what Christ has done for us.
19 So now you Gentiles are no longer strangers and foreigners. You are citizens along with all of God’s holy people. You are members of God’s family. 20 Together, we are his house, built on the foundation of the apostles and the prophets. And the cornerstone is Christ Jesus himself. 21 We are carefully joined together in him, becoming a holy temple for the Lord. 22 Through him you Gentiles are also being made part of this dwelling where God lives by his Spirit.
There are many things here to be thankful for:
1. We were far away. We were in the wilderness without a hope of finding home. We were without God and without hope in the world (2:12).
2. We can all come to God now. This is because of what Christ has done for us. This is because of Jesus reaching out one arm on the cross to Jews and the other arm on the cross to us Gentiles. We who do not belong have been grafted in and welcomed home by Jesus Christ.
3. We are no longer strangers. When we come into the house we can go into the fridge without asking permission! We are welcomed at the table. We are citizens of the city. We have a place. We have a home. We are members. We are welcome. We are members of God's family.
4. We are his house. This is a nice twist on what we have looked at this week. We not only get to go home we also ARE God's home. We are the place He hangs out. We will get to come home someday but in the meantime we get to BE God's home ... the place he lives on earth! That's wild.
Christian, can you find something to be thankful for in God's word to you today?
Take time to remember the hopeless when you were lost. Relish in the joy of being found. Reflect on the benefits of being home.
Be careful with the roads that will lead you away from Home. There are thousands of them. Stay connected with God's people. Be in the Word. Be much in prayer. Be thankful. If you do these things you will most likely stay on the road to home.
You are so blessed!
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