Remember your leaders, those who spoke to you the word of God. Consider the outcome of their way of life, and imitate their faith. Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever. Do not be led away by diverse and strange teachings, for it is good for the heart to be strengthened by grace, not by foods, which have not benefited those devoted to them. We have an altar from which those who serve the tent have no right to eat. For the bodies of those animals whose blood is brought into the holy places by the high priest as a sacrifice for sin are burned outside the camp. So Jesus also suffered outside the gate in order to sanctify the people through his own blood. Therefore let us go to him outside the camp and bear the reproach he endured. For here we have no lasting city, but we seek the city that is to come. Hebrews 13:7-14
Do you ever feel out of place? You know like you do not belong. There is a reason for that feeling. We are really not meant for this world. That is not how God made us. We are made for something better. Deep down inside we all know this but most refuse to believe that anything better exists. It does.
When God made Adam and Eve they were meant to live in a garden. The Garden of Eden was a place where humans could live and work in communion with God. We would work not toil. God would be a ready presence in our lives. Things would in a word be heavenly. But things did not work out that way. God gave Adam and Eve free will. He did this so they could freely choose to love and obey Him. One cannot force love. Obedience can be forced but it would be a constant struggle. God could have made us like the animals going through life on auto control never having a choice but he did not. He wanted us to be able to choose. Unfortunately we chose wrongly.
We can blame Eve or Adam for our current predicament but the cold hard facts are we would have not done anything differently. It seems that given the choice we choose to sin rather than obey God. Oh, we manage to rationalize our sins away telling our selves that what we did was really not that bad and anyway we are still pretty good people compared to the other guy.
God knew we would make the wrong choice but He had a plan on how to enable us to be reconciled with Him. And so almost two thousand years ago He sent His own Son to live among us and make the ultimate sacrifice paying the price for our sins and enabling us to be reconciled with God. Jesus’ sacrifice gives us entrance to God’s city and allows us to stay there for all eternity. We call this city heaven and it is the place we were meant for. I do not know if there will be a garden as there was in the beginning but I do know we will feel right at home. Never more will we feel out of place.
Have a blessed day,