'I go to prepare a place for you.'
I have just come back from an excellent conference in South Wales. Graham and I stay with friends who are very thoughtful and provide us with all sorts of little luxuries which makes our visit extremely enjoyable! But no matter how kind and thoughtful friends are it's always nice to come home again. There's something about home that is different from anywhere else in this world.
One day, we will leave this home forever and we will go to another place which will become our new home. I pondered what makes home so special; comfortable surroundings, familiarity, full of memories and daily routines and, probably most of all, a sense of ownership and privacy.
Can we begin to imagine what it will be like when we finally come home to heaven? Jesus says 'I go to prepare a place for you'. The truth is He knows us better than anyone else; He knows us better than we know ourselves. If this is true it means that the place that He is preparing for us will be absolutely perfect for each one of us. We will feel more at home there than we do in our earthly homes. There will be no feeling of uncertainty or unfamiliarity. We will feel totally at home, relaxed, rested and contented. It will be better than the nicest holiday we could possibly ever experience or imagine and better than the happiest home we have ever known.
What joy will be ours when we finally arrive! And so, until then lets not choose to live selfish, self centred lives but rather gladly give of our time and energy to the work of the Kingdom.
'For here have we no continuing city, but we seek one to come.' Hebrews 13:14