“Do not let your hearts be troubled. Believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father’s house there are many dwelling places. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, so that where I am, there you may be also. -John 14:1-3 NRSV
Ever think of Heaven as God's house? The imagery is a bit limiting as an earthly house has a finite number of rooms. Even so, when I think of the word house I see it as a place where a family lives. It is a communal setting where life is lived by people who belong to each other. Perhaps this sense of familial connection is why Jesus calls Heaven a house?
I love how Jesus wants believers to be with him. This desire touches me so deeply. Knowing that Jesus has gone to Heaven before me and desires me to be with him calms my troubled heart in trying times. Understanding that I will one day be with family again encourages me so deeply. It is why I long for my Father's house. My home in heaven.
Help me Lord to live a life that understands that heaven is my home.
... this devotion is part of an ongoing series on the Gospel of John.