“Since you have been raised to new life with Christ, set your hearts on the realities of heaven, where Christ sits in the place of honor at God’s right hand. Think about the things of heaven, not the things of earth. For you died to this life, and your real life is hidden with Christ in God. And when Christ, who is your life, is revealed to the whole world, you will share in all his glory.” Col. 3:1-4

Lord Jesus, without you, we just drift our way through life from mirage to mirage, through side roads and back ally’s, all leading to disappointment and dead ends. But, hallelujah, the Gospel isn’t merely our map, it’s also our motivation, vehicle, and fuel that will get us safely Home.

In reality, you are our Home, Jesus. You are our destination and delight, our current oasis and final country, our greatest need and our deepest longing, our perfect righteousness, and our eternal peace. No one, and nothing else, is worthy of our heart’s affection, adoration, and allegiance—only you.

In a world of multiple distractions, don’t just be our North Star or Big Dipper. Be our entire cosmos. You have the whole world in your hand, and you have every bit of us in your heart.

Keep us childlike, unselfish, and kind—in a culture of “me, mine, and meanness.” Gentle us with your grace, compel us with your love, and fill us with your compassion—all the way Home. So very Amen we pray, in your magnificent, matchless, merciful name.