Imagine with me for a few minutes.
What would happen if…
…the structure God builds for us in heaven required only the material we send Him every day?
Like what, you ask? Well, what about…
…boards erected by our praises
…nails joined to the boards with our thanksgiving
…windows fashioned from our pure and clear soul
…bricks of God’s commands piecing our lives together
…doors produced from our open communication with the Lord
…floors of foundation constructed of God’s truths implemented in our lives
…walls assembled from the love we receive from Him and exhibit to others
…shingles forming a roof from the joy of our daily communion with the Lord
…all held together with the cement of obedience.
Would the above erect your “mansion in heaven”? John 14:2 in the New King James Version (and only a few others) uses the word mansions for the verse, “In My Father’s house are many mansions.”
Actually, the Greek word does not mean mansion; it means residence, staying, abode, or dwelling.
When trying to explain to the disciples about His leaving them, Jesus said, “My Father’s house are many dwelling places; 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 back and receive you to Myself, so that where I am you may be also.” (John 14:2 HCSB)
I like The Voice’s version, “My Father’s home is designed to accommodate all of you. If there were not room for everyone, I would have told you that. I am going to make arrangements for your arrival. I will be there to greet you personally and welcome you home, where we will be together.”
Isn’t that comforting? I will greet you personally and welcome you; we’ll be together. That blesses me and stirs my heart to live a life of better building for my eternal home.
If your eternal abode depended on those elements above to fabricate it, what would yours look like? Would it be…
…an old lean-to about to collapse with the slightest rain?
…a simple ranch-style?
…a grand edifice, like Solomon’s temple?
…tent-like, moving wherever the wind blows?
…more permanent, like a bomb shelter?
Would it be a beautiful structure on the outside but a garbage heap on the inside? Reminds me of one of the times Jesus spoke to the scribes and Pharisees, “You hypocrites! You are like whitewashed tombs, which look beautiful on the outside but on the inside are full of dead men’s bones and everything unclean.” (Matt. 23:27 NIV)
Praying I lead a life that is un-hypocritical! I would never want Jesus to say that to me.
And what is the cost of building this sky-home? In one of Jesus’ sermons to a multitude, He spoke about leaving all to follow Him and said, “Is there anyone here who, planning to build a new house, doesn’t first sit down and figure the cost so you’ll know if you can complete it? If you only get the foundation laid and then run out of money, you’re going to look pretty foolish. Everyone passing by will poke fun at you: ‘He started something he couldn’t finish.’” (Luke 14:28-30 Msg)
Do we do this with our lives? Start out with a bang to follow the Lord and fizzle out, not completing all that the Lord wants us to accomplish or not following all that His Word tells us? Turning aside because the cost is too great?
May you continue to build a beautiful Eternal Home.
*Dusted off from 2013. 😀