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Our New Home!
Christian Devotional by Pastor Cecil Thompson

Cecil Thompson

II Corinthians 5:1-3

"Now we know that if the earthly tent we live in is destroyed, we have a building from God, an eternal house in heaven, not built by human hands. Meanwhile we groan, longing to be clothed with our heavenly dwelling, because when we are clothed, we will not be found naked."

Recently I was watching a documentary about wild animals in south Texas. A man had two tigers and six or seven bears cooped up in small cages. These wild animals were meant to live in large expanses. Instead the owner had placed them in small cages four feet by eight feet and six feet high. Most of these creatures had been there for over eight years; but one of the bears had been there much longer. He was about 30 years old.

It was heartbreaking to see them languishing in these tiny cages that were located in an old abandoned chicken coop. The police along with veterinarians from the Houston Zoo had come to rescue them. The animals had no idea what was happening and were frightened by the team of rescuers.

One by one the animals were coaxed into containers to transport them back to the zoo for examination, treatment and release to natural habitats in the zoo. As horrible as their conditions had been, they were accustomed to them and the fear of the unknown was very stressful for them.

After a few weeks of quarantine at the zoo, the animals were transferred to enclosures that were designed to look like their natural habitat. One of the tigers was shown as he took his first steps into this "new home". He cautiously took his first steps in his amazing new home.

One of the most memorable things was his reaction to his first steps on grass. All of his life he knew nothing but a hard artificial bit of flooring. Now he had a large new enclosure complete with greenery and even a stream. It was a delight to see him frolic in the water for the first time in his life.

As I watched that tiger coming alive to his new world I thought of our eternal home. Sometimes we become so acclimated to this old miserable world that we fail to think about what the Lord has prepared for those of us who have passed from death to life by being born again by the blood of Jesus.

Perhaps one of the most revealing peeks into our new eternal home is given by Stephen as he was about to be stoned to death. Oh, how glad I am that this dear servant of Jesus Christ showed a glimpse into our glorious new home that is waiting for us.

Here is what Stephen said in Acts 7:55-56: "But Stephen, full of the Holy Spirit, looked up to heaven and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing at the right hand of God. 'Look,' he said, 'I see heaven open and the Son of Man standing at the right hand of God.' "

A few verses later we read that as he was being stoned, he prayed for the Lord to forgive those who were executing him. He then fell asleep. He stepped into a world beyond anything we can begin to imagine. He had entered into a place that was going to be his new home for eternity. I want each of us to be prepared to one day arrive at ---OUR NEW HOME! What a day that will be!

Blessings dear hearts. Walk with God today, trust Him completely and be a blessing.

--- Pastor Cecil


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