He died for us so that, whether we are awake or asleep, we may live together with him. (1 Thess. 5:10)

I met the president once. He shook my hand, and we chitchatted for a minute. He was polite enough, but I could tell I didn’t mean much to him. Someone whispered in his ear so he could call me by name, but he knew nothing about me—where I lived or what I did to help pay his salary. We met, but we never became friends. He doesn’t call and ask me to come to his house and spend time with him. If he saw me out somewhere, he would not call me by name or remember that we had met before.

I have a friend who lives in a better place than the White House. He knows my name, where I live, what I do, and what my dreams are. He loves me enough that one day he chose to die so we could have an eternal friendship. While hanging on a cross, he signed the great invitation. He even went ahead and prepared a place for me in his kingdom and has invited me to come there, not just for a visit, but to live permanently with him.

The wonderful thing is that there is room at his place for all of us to “live together with him.” We have everything we need in him to do that, and wait with anticipation for him to come and get us.

Share the invitation to meet Jesus and live in his place.

Dr. Ken Heer was an ordained minister with The Wesleyan Church, prior to his death in 2016. He served as a pastor, educator, and church leader for more than forty years, helping people grow in Christ.

© 2019 Wesleyan Publishing House. Reprinted from Light from the Word. Used by permission.