My first thought as I write this is why can’t I get out of the book of John. The second thought I have is, why is it the passage that is right above the one I quoted last time. Doesn’t matter, just going to roll with it.
As I laid in bed last night and today, I kept thinking about what makes a place home. Home is not a house in which we reside. An apartment can be a place to simply live or exist, or a hotel room for that matter can be a dwelling. What I keep coming back to, and it is something we all know, is that a home is a place where our heart is. I think a home is not a physical place, just as a church is not made of bricks and mortar. Home is where the people we love and care for are, whether related or not. It can be church, some other person’s house, your house or where you work. As my status on Facebook attests, Jesus said, my brothers and sisters are whosoever does the will of my father. That makes other Christians, who do God’s will, our relation. Some may cringe, but you are going to have to get over that. Like it or lump it, I’m your brother.
1 Peter 4:8-10 (NASB)
8 “Above all, keep fervent in your love for one another, because love covers a multitude of sins. 9 Be hospitable to one another without complaint. 10 As each one has received a special gift, employ it in serving one another as good stewards of the manifold grace of God. “
This goes along with my “Why Can’t We Just Get Along?” writing last week, but it also illustrates it better. We are to love each other. I was blessed in attending a Christian concert the other night, and at the concert the lead singer of 10th Avenue North made the following point. He said we should feel comfortable talking to other Christians, brothers if you will, about “stuff”, but we don’t. And sorry to say, we don’t act like brothers. He was dead on. Why is it some of the most judgmental people in our lives are our brothers and sisters? The people, the house that should not be divided, is divided on all sorts of right ways and wrong ways to worship and behave. We can’t seem to be able to sit down and have civil conversations without someone getting mad and starting some different denomination.
But, my point is not what was talked about last time, it’s the idea of what makes something home, which in this crazy messed up place is a comfort. Jesus told his disciples that He was leaving and that he would return. In His Father’s house, there are many mansions… If you look at the Greek, it is really “rooms or dwelling places” and that he is going there to prepare a “room” for them and come back for them and bring them home to be with him forever. Not a house. We all don’t have big 50 room mansions, but a room in our Father’s house. Size and space will mean nothing there. We don’t need 10,000 square foot homes to stick “stuff” in. That stuff is way overrated, trust me. You think it is that important, just wait, God may separate you from your “stuff” too. Treasures passing through the fire, apparently my “stuff” wasn’t a true treasure, as it became ash. No, our real treasure will be God’s love for us and His grace, which will be on display for eternity. These true treasures don’t require space.
But wait, what does require space is you and me, and those disciples. So God’s treasure, that “Pearl of Great Price”, that is us to Christ. We are to occupy the space. See, Christ died for us, while we were yet sinners, we were worth that much to him to redeem. Sometimes, I think we forget just how precious we are to God. Satan loves to make us forget this stuff and loves nothing more than to get us off track thinking that we are worthless. So, we too are disciples, and what holds true for these gentlemen holds true for us. We’ll spend eternity with our heavenly Father in his house altogether.
John 14:1-4 (NIV)
Jesus Comforts His Disciples
1 “Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God; trust also in me. 2 In my Father’s house are many rooms; if it were not so, I would have told you. I am going there to prepare a place for you. 3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am. 4 You know the way to the place where I am going.”
John 14:1-4 (NASB)
1 “Do not let your heart be troubled; believe in God, believe also in Me. 2 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. 3 If I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself, that where I am, there you may be also. 4 And you know the way where I am going.”
This will be our “home.” Not this place down here. Not the place we are sojourning through.
But my point in all this is the following…
How great is it that we will all get to hang out together in our Father’s house?
I am already having a blast with my brothers and sisters, in a place that is not my home. I enjoy my “family” immensely, and this idea, as well as the “love your brother” idea, has really been on the forefront of my mind. I don’t know why, but I am assuming that it will become apparent in the near future. I just can’t get over this. Can you imagine the joy and camaraderie that we will have when we finally make it over to the other side, one way or another. We are going to be spending an eternity with the people we love and care about. In close proximity, I might add, so we better get to practicing this “loving one another” down here on our journey. Let’s pitch some tents, circle the wagons and fellowship with one another. We are going to be together for a long time.
To quote Lex Luthor from Smallville: “Our friendship will be the stuff of legend.”
Grace, Peace & Love to all brothers & sisters,