When I went to college many, many years ago I roomed in a dormitory on campus. I considered it a temporary home for I did not plan to live there all my life. Since those days I have lived in several homes, some I owned and some I rented. Now I am back living in the home in which I was literally born in over seventy years ago; but I don’t plan to live in this house forever.
All the homes we may live in are temporary.
As believers we believe that Jesus rose from the dead on Easter morning. A short while after that He ascended into heaven and then sent His Holy Spirit on Pentecost to fill the believers. What a great gift He has given; but His work is not complete because he said that He was going to prepare a place for us.
Our home on earth is a temporary place. Our real home is in heaven! As the Scriptures say, “What God has planned for people who love him is more than eyes have seen or ears have heard. It has never even entered our minds!” 1 Corinthians 2:9.
Now, that sounds fabulous to me! I have tried to imagine what heaven will be like but it is beyond my imagination. I am reminded of the song, “I Can Only Imagine,” which was sung at our daughter’s Home-going celebration. What a great expression of anticipation and awe:
“…Surrounded by Your Glory, what will my heart feel?
Will I dance with you, Jesus?
Or in awe of You, be still?
Will I stand in Your presence, to my knees will I fall?
Will I sing Hallelujah?
Will I be able to speak at all?I can only imagine!”*
“I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, ‘Now the dwelling of God is with men, and he will live with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God. He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.’” Revelation 21:3-4
His Holy Spirit (the Comforter) is given to us now and He is preparing a place for us that is beyond description!
*”I Can Only Imagine”, Bart Miller, c 1999, Simpleville Music