Matthew 2:19-21, "After Herod died, an angel of the Lord appeared in a dream to Joseph in Egypt and said, ‘Get up, take the child and his mother and go to the land of Israel, for those who were trying to take the child's life are dead.' So he got up, took the child and his mother and went to the land of Israel."
There's almost nothing better than reuniting with family and friends for the holidays. Bing Crosby said it best in his Christmas classic, "Oh, there's no place like home for the holidays. No matter how far away you roam ... You can't beat home sweet home." And it's true!
Imagine Mary and Joseph's joy after receiving the green light from God to leave Egypt and return to Nazareth, likely the only real home they'd ever known. Living in a foreign nation, God called them home to the Promised Land, just as He had centuries earlier with the children of Israel.
As Christ-followers, we, too, once lived as foreigners to God. Yet, the moment we chose to make Jesus the Lord of our lives, He took up permanent residence in our hearts. And, right now, He's calling lost people, "no matter how far away they've roamed." So, let's keep welcoming those visiting "home for the holidays" to God's house. Right now, someone you know might be just one invite away from Jesus making their heart His "home sweet home."
Let the joy of your own journey "home" (no matter if you arrived at age 5 or 95) inspire you to keep inviting lost people to experience the message of Christ in God's house.
Dear Lord, Thank You for making my heart Your home and giving me the future hope of spending eternity with You in heaven. Amen.