John 14:1-3″Let not your hearts be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in me. 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? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also.”
My favorite room in our entire house is my daughter’s room. It’s my favorite because every single part of it was specifically chosen by Kyle and me for her. Before we even knew her, we pictured her. We imagined her. We chose the wall color, the curtains, the decorations, the bedding, the books. Every single part of that room was chosen specifically with our little girl in mind. We hadn’t met her yet, but we already loved her so much and couldn’t wait for her to be with us.
Now consider the passage John 14:1-3 and the hope we have for our future. Similar to the anticipation we felt and the work that went into preparing our baby girl’s room, Jesus is preparing a place for us for the day that we are brought to live with Him forever. This promise found in John 14 is a beautiful, personal promise. Notice that it begins with the encouragement “Let not your hearts be troubled.” This let’s us know that whatever is coming next is meant to give us hope: uncircumstancial, unchanging hope. Next, we see the command. “Believe in God; believe also in me.” We have hope by choosing to believe what our God has promised us. Then comes the promise: Jesus is preparing a place for us. He knows me, He loves me, and He is preparing for me to live with Him forever.
Let that truth sink in. Isn’t it beautiful to know that although we may not see Jesus, we never leave His thoughts. He is thinking about us and preparing a beautiful place for us to stay with Him. Friend, there is a beautiful, perfect place for you outside of this world! Let that hope give you unconditional joy and peace as we temporarily journey in this world.