John 14:2-3 – In my Father's house are many rooms; if it were not so, I would have told you. I am going there to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am. (NIV)
The thought came to me of an example of a driving force to go home. It is not very pleasant, but it exemplifies the message. I observed a dog, someone's pet, crossing the road for the last time. He darted out into a busy street and was hit by a car. It all happened in seconds, down he went, then just as suddenly he sprang to his feet, ran toward home, then fell dead on the lawn. "The driving force to go home."
2 Peter 3:12-13 – What kind of people ought you to be? You ought to live holy and godly lives as you look forward to the day of God and speed its coming. That day will bring about the destruction of the heavens by fire, and the elements will melt in the heat. But in keeping with his promise we are looking forward to a new heaven and a new earth, the home of righteousness. (NIV)
As I read this passage in Second Peter, I was thinking that we need to be prepared and ready at all times to go home. We don't seem to like to think about it, but it could happen suddenly and quickly, as for that little dog. What has God in store for us? If he called us home now, would we be ready? He could call all of us home at one time. That's the way I would prefer to go, when Christ comes for His church and all His saints.
We can't see into the future, but we can be assured of a home by the promise of Christ, the one who has gone ahead to prepare a place for us. He is our driving force, the one who died for our sins. He will bear us up in His tender loving arms and raise us up again into His home, prepared for us.
Prayer: Prepare us, Lord, in whatever state we might be in at this very time — prepare us to go home. May you be our driving force, our hope, our strength. Give those who suffer through illness patience as they long to be with you. We pray in Jesus' name. Amen.