El Dorado. The fabled City of Gold. Many an adventurer searched for the city and if you look it up on Wikipedia you'll see that an awful lot of human misery came as a consequence of greed when searching for riches that were believed to be limitless.
One of the rumors was that El Dorado was in the Southwestern US and that came to mind yesterday as we drove home from Albuquerque. We were winding through the foothills of the San Juan mountains, pointing the sights out to my aunt, who has come for a visit, when we came around a corner and there it was, clearly visible ahead of us. Not El Dorado, but Dulce.
Now no one would ever confuse Dulce with El Dorado, or even a real city of great wealth, such as Beverly Hills, but in its own way it is golden to us. For three years it has been our home and there is much about it that we love. We could put roots down and stay here for the remainder of our days, except for one matter. And that is that Dulce sits on the reservation of the Jicarilla Apache Nation, and our ability to live here is at the discretion of the Nation. When our ministry here comes to an end we will be moving on, to a destination that is unknown.
But taking an even longer view, our destination is known, and it is to a place that would make El Dorado, if it existed, look impoverished. The promise of God in Revelation 21 is that there will be a new heaven, a new earth, and a new Jerusalem, a place where God will live with His people. If you have never read it, or haven’t read it for a while, take a moment to read that chapter of the Bible and see the beautiful picture that the Apostle John paints of eternity with God.
It's an amazing picture, isn’t it? Revelation 21 is given as a promise by God to His children, but it comes with a catch, for it only comes to those "who are written in the Lamb's book of life."
Is your name in that book? In Romans 10:9 Paul writes:
"If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved."
If you believe in Jesus as Savior and Lord, rest assured that your name is in the book. If not, the time is now to look toward Jesus in faith, for the promises of God in Christ Jesus are not to be compared with any of the riches of this world, and the only time to come to faith is during this life.
The idea of El Dorado may seem appealing. For us the beauty of Dulce is real. But the eternal promises of God are without compare. And I would love to see you there.
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