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Topic: Hotel/Motel (09/12/05)
TITLE: No Place Like Home
By Roxanne Prentiss
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“Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world. And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof…” - 1 John 2:15-17 (KJV)
“…the friendship of the world is enmity with God” – James 4:4 (KJV)
Similarly, this earth was not designed by God to be our eternal dwelling place. It is a temporary abode for those whose hearts are set on pilgrimage. We are to adopt none of this world’s values or ways for we are citizens of the kingdom of God. During our sojourn here we are to be about our Father’s business, seeking and proclaiming the Good News to the lost so that they too may be brought into the kingdom of Love.
“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.” - John 14:2-3 (KJV)
Hotels are the closest thing to heaven on earth that I can imagine. The rooms in a hotel are comfortable, spacious and quiet. There are services to meet every need, and many wants, in an instant. Hotels are almost always situated on well-tended grounds, near a variety of neighboring attractions of interest to any personality. Who would decline a prolonged stay at a five-star hotel, for weeks at a time? However, as peaceful, lush and lovely as the best hotels in the world can be, there is still no place like home.
“And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea. And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God. And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.” - Rev 21:1-4 (KJV)
Our homes on earth, no matter how humble, have vital components that even the finest hotels cannot replicate: relationships (loving and unloving), memories (good and bad), and the echoes of laughter, sobbing, whispers, and yelling. Yet, our Lord and our God promises a home with Him, where there will be “no more death”, or sorrow, or crying, or pain. Truly, there is no place like our eternal Home!
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