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. 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.
I don’t know about you, but I have a great life. I have a wonderful, loving and supportive husband. I have a beautiful son who fills my day with smiles, and another precious blessing on the way. I have great hobbies, and I am surrounded by the beauty of God’s creation everyday. God blesses us so richly, that sometimes I find it hard not to become too attached to this earthly home. But the truth is, this is NOT our home, and we can’t get too comfortable here. Jesus talks about preparing a place for us and that is our home.
James tells us, Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes. James 4:14. This isn’t to scare us, but it is a reminder that we need to store our treasures in Heaven because our life here is fleeting. Our life in Heaven is everlasting.
I’ve probably shared this before, but I have suffered from anxiety attacks off and on throughout my life. I feel like God is bringing me to a place to deliver me from that, but I need to get things into perspective and this is one of them. I can’t worry about what might happen with my family or other responsibilities if I am gone from this life, or if I lose one of them. Jesus tells us that we HAVE to put him first: Anyone who loves his father or mother more than me is not worthy of me; anyone who loves his son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me; and anyone who does not take his cross and follow me is not worthy of me. Whoever finds his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for my sake will find it. Matthew 10:37-39.
We need to live this life to the best of our ability, and to be in God’s will. We should certainly love and enjoy our families and all the blessings God has given us. But, at the same time, we should be like Paul–ready to leave this life and looking forward to our home with God with a hopeful and peaceful heart. This may not even apply to anyone else, but I definitely find myself getting too attached to things of this world sometimes…even work in a ministry, family, hobbies, jobs, etc. It robs me of my peace, and it is so freeing and comforting to remember that this is NOT my home…my home is waiting for me with Jesus and it is so much better than this!
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