Let’s pretend we’re back in kindergarten having a let’s pretend session (I had these in high school too!) Close your eyes and forget about the trappings of this world. Set aside cares and worries. Let nothing enter your mind that is worldly-absolutely nothing. Please no cell phones. I assure the reader we are not engaging in any form of mysticism. Let’s call this place we are trying to seek “our go to spot”.
Where would we find ourselves? For me, I would lay in endless fields surrounded by majestic snow capped peaks. The sky would be as azure as any I’ve ever saw. The blue would be interspersed with lofty cumulus clouds and flowers would include those I’ve never seen or smelled. The air would be fresh, crisp and the temperature warm enough to be in a t-shirt forever. No noise like the ever-present din of this crazy world. The breeze enough to wiggle aspen leaves about me, and for sure, a babbling brook at my feet. Moreover, a menagerie of regal creatures about me. So far so good, but now for the most important part.
There would be the One who gave His life for us-Jesus! And I would be remiss if I left out the myriads of praising, redeemed saints. Without God, a dream isn’t complete. I want to relish knowing He is ever before me and I in His presence for eternity. The Bible asks the question and answers, “…LORD, who shall abide in thy tabernacle? who shall dwell in thy holy hill? He that walketh uprightly, and worketh righteousness, and speaketh the truth in his heart” (Psalm 15:1-2). This is not an endorsement for performing works to gain Heaven. He’s already said there is nothing that emanates from us that is good (“…There is none righteous, no, not one” Romans 3:10). Rather it is our works, after accepting Jesus personally, that matter. It is only then we will learn the proper motive for our works-humility. God is to get the credit; nary us a drop.
Think my ‘go to place’ not some pipe dream. I will go to a place prepared for me someday. Jesus told me in John 14:2-3, “In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.” It’s not because I am a good person (for I am not), but that Jesus loved me enough to dust me off and secure a place for me in eternity (my ‘go to spot’) with Him! He has chosen to forgive our sin if we but ask. Finally, my ‘spot’ includes family and friends who prayerfully acknowledge this Biblical truth and accept Jesus’ redemptive work. Without Him I have no “spot’ to go to and neither do you!