Have You Made Reservations?

Text:  “Nothing impure will ever enter it, nor will anyone who does what is shameful or deceitful,
but only those whose names are written in the Lamb’s book of life” (Revelation 21:27).
Recently a friend said that he had made reservations even though the event he planned to attend was 11 months away.  As they say, “It’s good to plan ahead.”  When the time comes, my friend will definitely have a place to stay.
When traveling, my wife strongly suggests to me that I call ahead for reservations.  Usually I do not because, when traveling, I like to stop along the way and see the sights.  I never know where I will be at day’s end, so I take my chances on finding a place to stay when the time comes.  I must admit, however, that there have been a couple of occasions where we have found ourselves driving very late into the night and not finding a place to stay.  I once found myself sleeping in the back of a Ford Fiesta in southern Germany.  Most uncomfortable, I must say.
But, for those times when I do call ahead, when we finally arrive, they ask if I have made reservations.  They then check to see if my name has been registered in their computer system.  Ah, sweet rest at the end of the day.
Friends, we are on a journey.   We are traveling through life on this earth, but our final destination is heaven.  Just as when we are on a physical road trip where reservations need to be made, even so it is with our spiritual trip, and we must make reservations if we expect to find rest at the end of the day.
Have you reserved a spot in heaven?  Have you made a reservation for heaven?  Is your name registered in Heaven’s registration book?
If you are inclined to do as I sometimes do in my physical travels, wait until I get a little closer to the end of the day before seeking a place to rest, then I suggest that you think again.  Unlike a physical trip where we can rely on a clock to know when the day will end, on our spiritual trip we have no knowledge of when our day’s end will come (Matthew 24:36).  There is a very real danger of having no place at day’s end.  The Bible says, “Therefore, let us fear lest, while a promise remains of entering His rest, any one of you should seem to have come short of it” (Hebrews 4:1).
A dire warning is given.  The Bible says, “If anyone’s name was not found written in the book of life, he was thrown into the lake of fire” (Revelation 20:15).
The choice is ours.  Either we make reservations for heaven in advance, or find that when our day comes to an end, we have no place for a sweet rest.

Hymn:  Here We Are But Straying Pilgrims
Prayer:  Heavenly Father, we thank you for that heavenly home that has been prepared for us.  May we have the faith and wisdom to make preparations and reservations for that eternal resting place.  In Jesus’ name. Amen
Roy Allen Crutcher, Mount Carmel, IL