The Basics ~ Adoption: Step 1

A Letter from Jesus

My Dearest,

I am so delighted that you have decided to become part of the family!  Your life will never be the same again.  It will be a million times better!  There is so much I and my Father have planned for you to enjoy!

You should probably know that We’ve been planning for you to join the family before the world was created.  The final part of the plan was put in place at Cross.  And now that you have accepted My sacrifice, the beautiful home I have prepared for you, and My Father as your Father, all that remains is to prepare you for royal life.  (Galatians 4:4, 5; Ephesians 1:5; John 3:16.)

This preparation is a seven-step process, and some parts will seem rather difficult.  But know this: My Father and I will never leave your side.  We will be with you, guiding you, strengthening you, helping you, through every step.

know you’re going to be so happy here!  I can hardly wait for that day!

But until then, please know that I love you so very, very much.  Remind yourself of this daily, especially when you see My stars in the night sky, when you watch the sun rise and set, when you see the flowers bloom.  My love is there, in every blossom, every leaf, every part of creation.  Everything has been for you.

All My love,

Your Savior and Redeemer

Step 1: Come to Jesus

If you are exhausted with burdens and heartaches, discouraged and downhearted, spiritually hungry and thirsty, weighted down with trying to live up to human laws and the changeable expectations of others, come to Jesus.  Let Him supply your every need.  He gives rest and peace of mind, relief from all these cares.

“Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.”

He gives perfect peace to all those who keep their faith in Him.  (Isaiah 26:3.) His commands and principles are easy to bear.  His burden is light.  It is no difficulty to bear.  He gives you a burden of love for others, and a desire to see His family grow.  (Matthew 11:28.)

He satisfies every need and longing of your heart, whether it is for spiritual, emotional or physical food and water, because He is the Living Water and the Bread of Life.  He is the Source of everything you’ll ever need.

There’s nothing you have to do before coming; nothing you have to change.  Just come exactly as you are, and He will make you a new person.

The Basics ~ Adoption: Step 7

Step 7:  The Homecoming

This is it!  The moment you have waited for forever!  God has prepared you to enjoy abundant life in heaven with Jesus.  All your worries and troubles are over.  No more trials or heartaches ever again.

You see your beloved Savior descend from heaven on a cloud with a shout, the voice of the chief of angels, and the sound of trumpets.  All God’s children who have experienced death are resurrected and begin ascending towards Jesus.  You recognize some of them.  They are your friends and family members who passed away!  The next thing you know, you and the rest of God’s children who never tasted death begin to rise with them, and together you all meet Jesus in the air (1 Thessalonians 4:16, 17).  No words in any human language can describe the splendor of that moment!

Can you even begin to imagine what heaven will be like?  Think of all the things Jesus has prepared for us there and can’t wait to show us!  In your lifetime you’ve seen mountains, hills, seas, rivers, lakes, plants, and animals, the wonders and beauty of nature.  But none of it even comes close to what awaits us there!  Everything there is perfect, never stained by sin.

Do you realize that we have never actually seen beauty until we’ve seen His Country?  The grass is truly green.  And the flowers!  So many different kinds and colors far beyond the limits of our current color spectrum.  The water is clear as crystal, and the crystal is clearer than the purest crystal we have on this earth.  And the food!  The taste of the food is indescribable (Revelation 22:1)!  The twelve gates of God’s City are made of twelve pearls,real pearls, and the streets are paved with pure gold–nothing like the “gold” we see in this world (Revelation 21:21).

It’ll be so amazing to finally be there!  Our imaginations don’t even come close to doing it justice.  “Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.” 1 Corinthians 2:9.

I know I don’t want to miss it!  We’re going to be so happy there!  I can hardly wait for that day!

But until then, remember that Jesus loves you so very, very much.  Remind yourself of this every day, especially when you look at His creation.  And keep in touch with Him.  He’s eager to hear from you!