We go to my in-laws’ house often, and every time we go, we pass by this new housing development. Even though we weren’t in the market to buy a house, we decided to go and check out the model homes. They weren’t exactly in our price range, but we thought we could get some good decorating ideas. If anything, it was a good way to beat the summer heat by walking through beautifully decorated, air-conditioned homes.
As expected, they were gorgeous, immaculate, and perfectly staged to make you think, I can see myself living here. They certainly fooled my kids, as they ran from room to room, staking their claim on which one would be their bedroom.
But those homes weren’t real. The bowls and plates that were arranged and set nicely on the dining table were all glued to each other. The boxes of boardgames on display in the family room were all empty. And although those houses were not lacking in furnishings, they were certainly lacking in life.
No one lived there.
No one was there to give us a warm welcome.
No one was there to receive us and say, “See this place. I prepared it especially for you.”
That was not my home, not even because we couldn’t afford it. My home is not of this world. It is a better home, prepared not by top designers, but by Jesus Himself. And to that promise, I cling.
“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. 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.” John 14:2-3
Often, we have a strong grip on this life. We can hold on tightly to our comforts and earthly treasures. Even when it comes to things that cause so much anguish in our hearts, we will choose to hang on to the misery rather than casting our cares upon God. Bible verses, like the one above, are a reminder that for those who believe in Him, there awaits a far better place.