I've moved many times in my life, primarily because up until recently I've always been military-affiliated. And I remember the excitement every time we were assigned a new duty station. What was our new home going to be like? What sights and resources were in the new place? What were the people like?
And there was the cleaning! I became extremely good at throwing things out. If we hadn't used it in years, I certainly wasn't going to drag it across the country much less all the way around the world so it could sit in the closet another four years!
As Christians, we are all going to have a Moving Day. One day we all expect to move from this life to eternal life. Since we do not know when our Moving Day, our death, will be... it is good to start preparing for it now.
(Eccl. 8:8 - No man has power over the wind to contain it; so no one has power over the day of his death.) - NIV
What might you do here on earth in order to be ready when it is time to move from your earthly home to your heavenly home?
The most important task is to determine your destination. The Bible presents only two options for your soul when you die. The one I like best is to move in with my Father! And the primary reason is I want to spend eternity near my Heavenly Father.
Oh, there are other great reasons to want to go. He is preparing a wonderful dwelling place just for me. (John 14:2) The atmosphere is glorious. (Rev. 21:23) There will be sumptuous food and delicious wine. (Matt. 26:29) Not to mention some truly glorious fruit! (Rev. 22:2)
But the main reason is because I can think of no better way to spend eternity than in the presence of someone who loves me dearly. (John 3:16)
So I'm throwing away things I don't want to take with me. Like bitterness, pride and self-centeredness. Pain and sorrow? You have to go! There's no place for you in my Father's house.
And the cleaning! Oh, I've been baptized, and my sins have been washed away. But I'm also washing myself with the water of the Word. And I'm washing my robe, making it white in the blood of the Lamb.
To show my gratitude, I'll want to bring a gift for my gracious host and "present myself as one approved, a workman who has no need to be ashamed." II Tim. 2:15 - NIV
When the day comes to leave this earthly tabernacle and go tabernacle with God, I want to be fully ready. I want to step into his house with no regrets about what I could have and should have done. I want it to be nothing but joy.
Are you ready for your Moving Day?