Our Bible verse for today: “Don’t let your heart be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in me. In my Father’s house are many rooms; if not, I would have told you. I am going away to prepare a place for you. If I go away and prepare a place for you, I will come again and take you to myself, so that where I am you may be also.” John 14:1-3 (CSB)
Our thought for today: “Preparations are being made now for what is to come later”
I love the picture Jesus paints for us in John 14:1-3. There He describes Himself in heaven preparing a special place for each one who belongs to Him. Additionally, we get the sense of the Father, Jesus, the Holy Spirit, the angels, and those people who are already in heaven, eagerly awaiting our arrival there.
It reminds me of a pregnant mother lovingly and patiently preparing for the arrival of her baby. She prepares a nursery, complete with furniture and decorations. She buys baby clothes, blankets, and various supplies to care for her baby. And then, once everything is ready, she waits. She waits for the day when her baby finally arrives, and what a great day that is!
That’s how it is as Jesus prepares that special place in heaven for each one who belongs to Him. Author Leighton Ford explains that there are two realities about heaven that make it special for us: place and personhood – we have a place to go to and we have a person to be with. There’s a special place prepared just for us, and there’s a special person (God) who we will enjoy being with for all eternity.
We’re being prepared for this now. That’s what the Christian life is all about. It’s the time during which Jesus is lovingly preparing that special place for us in heaven, and it’s the time during which the Holy Spirit is lovingly forming our souls and growing us spiritually so we will be ready for eternity in our Father’s presence.
We should live now with the understanding that eternity is going to be great. It will be a paradise beyond anything we can imagine. In love and with eager expectation God is preparing us now for what is to come later.