Did you know that God is working RIGHT NOW in our lives to prepare us for eternity?!
Before He left the disciples, He said to them, "In my Father's house are many rooms...I am going to prepare a place for you...When everything is ready, I will come and get you, so that you will always be with me where I am."
And God gives us the Holy Spirit as a guarantee, a seal on us, for that day.
When you go out to purchase a house, you look for many things. Everyone's list of what would make a perfect home is different.
When we bought our house, some 27 years ago, I KNEW the moment I walked in the front door - THIS WAS THE PLACE!!
It took some discussion at the time (the price was a LITTLE out of our budget) - but we made an offer, and it was accepted. We paid a down payment, waited through escrow - and finally, the house was OURS - our HOME!!
Let me tell you - JESUS paid the down payment, and our home is waiting for us in Heaven!
This time on earth is just the escrow period.
We believers have a home that is perfectly suited to us. It will be a home that can never be taken away from us - we will live in eternity with God. Our bodies will be swallowed up in life - and we will be released into perfect joy!
I like to watch a show called "Extreme Home Makeover." Each week, the show picks a very needy family, and they completely demolish their old house, and then they rebuild a brand-new, beautiful home for them.
There comes a point in the show when the host asks them if they would like to see their new home. The family opens the front door - and every week I am overwhelmed at their response. They cry with tears of joy, overcome with the knowledge that their old life is done, and now they can begin life anew.
THAT is the image I have when I think about my future HOME with God!!
Jesus paid the down payment, the Holy Spirit seals the deal - and God is waiting with the keys!
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