Monday, July 25, 2011

Heaven is my home

Now we know that if the earthly tent we live in
is destroyed, we have a building from God,
an eternal house in heaven, not built by human hands.
2 Corinthians 5:1

As mothers, we take pride in our homes.  We try (although it seems impossible with small children) to keep them clean.  We decorate them with care, finding items to beautify our living space.  We choose furniture that makes us comfortable and welcomes guests.  We enjoy having people over, often showing them every room of our home that we've worked so hard on, especially if we've been working on remodeling.

It's easy to forget that these things are not permanent.  Far too many people believe that their homes are, in fact, permanent.  They dig a basement, pour concrete walls, as if they were going to be here forever. When something terrible, like a flood or a fire happens, they panic.  What they thought permanent was only temporary.  And they have no home to go to.

Waiting for us, though, is an eternal house in heaven.  God himself has built it!  John 14:2 says, "In my Father's house are many rooms.  If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you?"   That home is a mansion like we can't even imagine, with building materials God Himself used.  The blood of His Son, His perfect payment for all of our sins, and His complete keeping of all God's commandments are the concrete and lumber for this beautiful home.  That house will stand FOREVER.  It's better than any house we could have here on Earth.

We pray: Dear Heavenly Father, thank you for our homes here on Earth.  Thank you for the opportunity you give us to take care of those homes.  Remind us, though, that these homes are never permanent.  Keep us mindful of the place you have for us in Heaven, our eternal home.  In Your name we pray, Amen.

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