Plane passengers get jumbled as they pass through customs. Singlets and shorts exit with suits and long coats. In one group you can have a family arriving home from a tropical island holiday with their Hawaiian shirts and sun hats, a business man with suit bag and laptop, and a couple in beanies and winter coats, skis riding the trolley.
Sitting in Arrivals at a busy international airport I watch the people coming through. Several planes have landed, some from the Pacific Islands, some from snow laden lands. As I wait I try to guess where each passenger may have come from by the way they are dressed.
One thing I know for sure is that none of them are dressed for what waits for them outside the airport doors. Outside it is very cold, very wet and the wind almost blew this Gail over! The raging storm is not what they expected. I feel for those who are coming in from equator locations, knowing that their sun dresses and sandals offer no protection for their immediate future.
Watching and waiting I wonder – what does my arrival say about me? When I walk into a room how do people judge the way I’m dressed? Does it convey the message that I know where I’m going? Do they perceive that I’m ready for what lies beyond the exit doors of this life? Is the image I show the world reflect more strongly where I’m coming from or where I’m going to?
Like the people in arriving at the airport I know where I’ve come from, and I know where I’m going. I’m walking away from hell and I’m headed for heaven. Can people see this in the way I live my life, the words I speak, the clothes I wear, the attitudes, convictions and behaviours I display?
Unfortunately some Christians get too caught up in making an exhibition of where they have come from that their final destination is a mystery to most. I don’t want to be like that.
People headed for Hawaii wear shirts and shorts and sun hats. People headed for heaven should wear peace, forgiveness, kindness, grace, love and joy. Those around should see that we’re different. They should get broad hints about where we’re going.
I want others to see that I know where I’m going by the way I live. And I want to be ready and prepared for Heaven before I get there. I don’t want to be standing in the doorway looking out in regret and frustration that I didn’t bring the my raincoat or have all my unforgiveness dealt with before check-in. I want to be a smart traveller to eternity and make sure I’ve packed all the right things before I leave home. How about you?
What does your arrival say about you? Share your thoughts in the comments below.
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