My family has just moved to a new home. We loved our old home but we found it was no longer suitable for our growing family. With prayer and caution we searched until we found a house that met our needs. Once we bought it, we had to work hard to clean it, ready for occupancy. Then came a long day of moving all our belongings. I really did not realize how much ‘stuff ‘ we had accumulated in fifteen years.
Now that we are living in our new home, we have discovered some little flaws that were not obvious when we looked around prior to purchasing it. There are missing vent covers, missing ceiling tiles, and missing window cranks. We have discovered that you cannot run water anywhere else in the house if someone is in the shower. We love our new home but it is not perfect.
My Grandad is also going to a new home. He is in the hospital, terminally ill with cancer. He is looking forward with anticipation and assurance to his new home in Heaven. He knows that his new home is perfect. There are no flaws there. As a young man, my Grandad heard the Gospel and responded to its message. He confessed his sin and asked for forgiveness and help to live his Christian life. His burden of sin was lifted. He was made ma new person in Christ Jesus. Grandad can sing,
Wonderful Saviour, wonderful friend,
Wonderful love that never shall end;
Wonderful place, He’s gone to prepare;
Wonder of wonders, I shall be there.
The place that the Lord Jesus has prepared for my Grandad is perfect with nothing missing, nothing wrong. Grandad will not have to clean it or move years of accumulated items into it. It is ready, just for him. Jesus said, “In my Father’s house are many mansions… I go to prepare a place for you” (John 14:2). In spite of his circumstances just now, my Grandad can have joy as he focuses on the splendor of God instead of on his own suffering. 1 Corinthians 2:9 tells us, “…Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love Him.”
Do you know where you are going after you die? You, too, can be assured of a place in Heaven if you trust the Lord Jesus as your Lord and Saviour.
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