The following message was pulled out of my archive verse and message file from 2005. Periodically, I like to review previous messages I have shared in the past. This one got my attention, because it reflects how we cannot depend 100% on anything or anyone other than our Lord.
John 14:2 (NASB)
“In my Father’s house are many dwelling places; if it were not so, I would have told you; for I go to prepare a place for you.”
I worked at The Sheraton Civic Center Hotel (now known as Sheraton Birmingham) from April 1992 through February 1996. It’s amazing the things I learned being employed in the hotel industry.
I remember several times when the hotel was sold out. On one occasion during a large conference at the BJCC, several guests were disappointed to find out upon their arrival that there were no more rooms available.
It’s common for a hotel to sell out of rooms when a special event or conference is taking place. However, what was most disturbing is that the referenced guests had booked their rooms several months in advance and additionally, they had “guaranteed” their room with a credit card. By providing credit card information, a guest is able to insure that their reservation will be honored, even upon “late arrival.”
Ironically, if one calls to reserve a room and makes the choice to guarantee with a credit card the following stipulation also applies:
If the guest does not cancel the reservation, and does not show up, the credit card of the “guaranteed” guest will be charged for one night’s room and applicable occupancy tax.
You can imagine the reaction of the aforementioned guests when they realized that there was not a room available. The guests had arrived at the, paid for a cab or rental car, and arrived at the hotel late in the evening….. exhausted from travel.
“NO ROOM……. BUT I GUARANTEED MY ROOM WITH MY VISA!”
“Sorry Sir, we are doing our best to find you another room in the city.” Apparently, the “guaranteed late arrival” is not the perfect system.
When Jesus shared with His disciples of His impending death, He had a special GUARANTEE for them. Jesus promised a “custom-made” home in Heaven. This promise was not just for the disciples who walked with Him more than 2,000 years ago. This guarantee belongs to anyone who accepts Jesus Christ as personal Savior!
Once your name is written in the Lamb’s Book of Life (Rev 21:27), your reservation is secure. You don’t have to worry about check-in at the Pearly Gates! Because of the CROSS, your reservation was guaranteed and pre-paid!
Nothing in our world will ever compare to what HE has waiting for us. So remember, when you’re feeling discouraged with what the world gives…..your perfect world awaits you!
Jesus Christ is the only perfect system!
GOD’S GUARANTEE IS GLORIOUS!
ROOMS ARE AVAILABLE TO ALL WHO REQUEST A RESERVATION WITH THE ROYAL KING OF KINGS!