Moving Day

Today is the first day in a new office. There’s first day jitters like I experienced as a kid on the first day of school. All the familiar faces will be here, but it will be in a new environment. Boxes will need to be unpacked. Desks will need to be arranged. You’ll have to find out where everyone sits so you can find them when you need them. There’s a sense of excitement and nervousness at the same time. I can’t wait to go see the new place.

I wonder if that’s what Heaven will be like. It’s the familiar faces we’ve known just in an unfamiliar setting. We’ll get acquainted with how the streets of gold are layer out. Find our bearings around the sea of glass. Walk in awe through the pearly gates as we wonder in amazement at a place that was designed just for us. There’s a home there built with us in mind. Designed specifically to our standards. I can’t wait to go see it.

Jesus said in John 14 that He is preparing a place for us. In verse three, He says, “When everything’s ready, I will come and get you, so that you will always be with me.” Just like at work where we’ve been anticipating this move, we need to be anticipating His return. We don’t know when He’ll come for us or when our life will be over and we go there. The important thing is to be ready at any given moment.

You don’t realize how much stuff you’re holding on to until it’s time to move. I threw away so much stuff last week because I realized I really didn’t need it. I started thinking about how much stuff in my own life that I’ve been holding onto that I need to release. Things like forgiveness for those who’ve wronged me, grudges against others who’ve made me angry, resentment for not being dealt a hand as good as others in life and so many other things we pack into our lives and hold onto.

When we hold onto those things, our hands aren’t free to receive all that God has for us. God has great things in store for each of us, but so many times we haven’t freed ourselves of the things that so easily weigh us down. We haven’t given them over to God and we end up putting ourselves into a yoke of bondage. God’s desire is that we live free of any yokes, especially those that are self imposed.

If you were moving to Heaven today, what would you need to pack and what would you need to throw away in your own life? What have you been holding onto that you don’t need? Why hold onto it any more? Free yourself today from those things that weigh you down. You will find freedom when you release them. God has already offered us freedom. He’s just waiting for us to take off the unnecessary weights and things that hold us down. Walk in freedom today!


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2 responses to “Moving Day

  1. Alonso Pedroza

    Thank you for sharing how you feel about your new office. I am sure it will go thru just fine once your settled. I know the feeling and nervousness.
    There is a great happiness that comes from letting go of grudges, forgiving others and ask to be forgiven. When I was younger I was told “forgiveness = happiness”. I could not understand it until I tried it myself. There is an awesome feeling to have your side of the street clean. I use to think, I’ll clean my side of the street once they clean theirs first. Now I realize I’ve let others control my happiness. Now I control it and I am proactive about it. It takes a strong person to ask for forgiveness or to apologies, I’ve realize we do not have a lot of strong people in the world. Now I clean my side of the street even if the others do not clean there’s. I am happy not to have to step over or push over regrets, or wrongs on my street. And I do literally feel lighter, once I forgive and ask for forgiveness.
    God Bless Chris.

    • Great advice, Alonzo. We should always be willing to clean our side of the street even if the other person isn’t willing. I’ve found that’s the fastest way to end a stale mate. I call it “Losing to win.” I “lose” in order to win the relationship back.

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