Saturday, April 22, 2017
Key Bible Verse: “As long as we are at home in the body we are away from the Lord … [but we] would prefer to be away from the body and at home with the Lord.” (2 Corinthians 5:6, 8, NIV)
Dig Deeper: 2 Timothy 4:1-8
It has been a great privilege for me to be an evangelist; my greatest joy has come from seeing people all over the world respond to the life-changing message of Jesus Christ. But on a personal level it has had its downside because I was away from home so much, sometimes for months at a time. But no matter how short or long the trip was, when I landed in Charlotte or Asheville, I knew I was nearing home.
In a far greater way, heaven is our home—our final home—our ultimate place of complete peace and security and joy forever. Here our homes are imperfect, even at best; sadly, for many people home may actually be a place of conflict and unhappiness. But this isn’t true of heaven. When we belong to Christ, we know that when we die we finally will be at peace—for we will be home. Paul’s words to the Christians in Corinth [in today’s Key Bible Verses] apply to us as well. Heaven is our hope, heaven is our future, and heaven is our home! I look forward to being home at last, and I pray you do also.
– Billy Graham in Nearing Home
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