Day 26

Jesus Brings Us Home

from the Because He Lives reading plan

John 14:1-6, Hebrews 11:1-2, Hebrews 11:13-16, Revelation 21:1-8, Revelation 21:22-27, Revelation 22:1-5, Revelation 22:20

BY Andrea Lucado

Nothing reveals my inner control freak like letting a friend take over the GPS while I drive. Accustomed to seeing each upcoming turn on Google maps, I assault my passenger-navigator with questions: When is my next turn? How much longer on this road? How many miles until we’re there? I’m sure my gracious navigator wishes I would shut up and drive, trusting that we are on the right road, and she will get us to our destination safely.

Thomas is a bit like an angsty driver in today’s passage. Jesus holds the GPS: “I am going away to prepare a place for you” (John 14:2). But Thomas needs more details, a specific address: “‘Lord,’ Thomas said, ‘we don’t know where you’re going. How can we know the way?’” (v.5).

Jesus’s answer to Thomas was simply, “I am the way, the truth, and the life” (v.6, emphasis added). He did not provide Thomas with a specific address, but Jesus did point to the road that would get him there.

This is a reassuring promise to a control freak like me, and it’s as much a promise for the life to come as it is for our lives today. So often I feel like I need to know my exact destination and then figure out how to get there. Where is my career headed? How do I mend this broken friendship? Where will I live when my lease is up? Jesus may not provide specific answers, but He has asked us to believe and trust in the way He’s paved for us.

Where is my career headed?
“I am the way, the truth, and the life.”

How do I mend this broken friendship?
“I am the way, the truth, and the life.”

Where will I live when my lease is up?
“I am the way, the truth, and the life.”

Want to know where your life is headed? Follow the way of Jesus. Live life in the way He told us to live it. Believe in God, believe also in Christ, and you will get to where you’re supposed to go.

Living in the way of Jesus is counterintuitive for those of us who like to both drive and hold the GPS. It requires surrender. It requires us to trust our navigator. When we do this, however hard it may be, we’re able to be present on the journey without worrying about the destination.

Though we cannot point to it on a map, ultimately, we know where are headed. Perhaps we don’t know how long it will take us to get there, but one thing we know for sure: Christ our Lord has prepared a place for us there, and He is coming back to receive us to Himself (v.3). For that promise, let us say, Praise be to God!

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34 thoughts on "Jesus Brings Us Home"

  1. Arionne McCall says:

    Recently I have been looking for a new apartment and everything i find never suits me, and I have been wanting it so badly and so soon that I forget that my life is on Gods timing. I must breathe and let Him take control of my navigation and I will be where He wants me. Pray for me, that I will have patience.

  2. Shaina Lee says:

    I really needed to read this. It gave me so much assurance in Christ. I’ve been struggling with so much — relationships, schooling etc… but knowing that Christ is the navigator of my life, is so comforting because I know that in the end I’ll get to my destination eventually and that is where Christ is.

  3. Sara Afghanipour says:

    Thank you. Those questions were spot on for me. Where is my career headed? What’s going to happen with this relationship? Where am I going to live? All applicable. Thank you for reminding me that even though patience is not my virtue and it’s currently being tried, that as long as I follow gods footsteps it’ll all work out.

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