Several years ago my family, my sister’s family, and my parents took a trip out west. For me, it was the trip of a lifetime. We flew to Denver, rented vehicles, and drove about 5,000 miles, visiting several states and many iconic landmarks. Over 17 days, we stayed in 13 different places. Most of the places we stayed were major tourist attractions, and we knew the timeframe to see them in the summer was pretty short. We knew that in order to see some of the things on our list, we would need to plan, and plan we did. We spent several months researching, making reservations, buying tickets, and booking rooms. While every trip we take might not require this level of planning, all trips require some.
The Christian life is very similar. We won’t wake up in eternity finding ourselves in Heaven having made no plans to be there. Sometimes I wonder if I do a better job planning for things in this life than I do for my trip away from this life. Heaven is a place for prepared people. The road map is readily available. In John 14:1-6, Jesus said, “I am the way the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” With the Bible as our road map, I think this is about the most important trip that any of us will ever make.
Is our alarm set? Are we watching (Matt 25:1-13)? Are my clothes clean (Rev.7:13-14)? Do I have enough gas to get there (Matt 24:13)?