Jesus said, "Don't let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God, and trust in me. There are many rooms in my Father's house; I would not tell you this if it were not true. I am going there to prepare a place for you. After I go and prepare a place for you. I will come back and take you to be with me so that you may be where I am." John 14:1-3 NCV
As I prepared the guest room in my new home, I gave great consideration to the surroundings and the feelings my guests would sense as they settled in. I wanted the colors to be calming and speak welcome, comfort, love and laughter. I pondered what they would see when they first opened their eyes in the morning.
As an author, I applied 'graphic wall messages' of warm greetings in the room. "Together is our favorite place to be." in red letters placed in view of first awaking and "We're so glad you're here!" Dream, Laugh, Faith, Hope, and Love is there along with "Bring your own sunshine" surrounded by colorful greenery and flowers. Finally, we placed a lovely flower bed with stepping stones directly outside the guest room window.
Decorating my guest room reminded me of Jesus' words in John chapter 14. When I tell family and friends that I have a special room in my new home prepared just for them I hear their excitement increase to another level. We all want to know that we are special to our host. When a place is prepared especially with you in mind, you know you're loved! Jesus wants you to know, there are many rooms in your Father's house, and there is one with your name on it! He has promised He will come back and take you to be where He is. Together with you is His favorite place to be. You can claim His promise as your own, and have a personally decorated room in His house for eternity. Read and follow the instructions to reserve your room in the house of the Family of God.
Romans 3:23 "for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God."
John 3:16 "For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life."
Romans 5:8 "But Gods demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us."
John 5:25 "Most assuredly, I say to you, he who hears My word, and believes in Him who sent Me has everlasting life,"
Romans 10:9 "that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.
Psalm23:6 "Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life; and I will dwell in the house of the Lord Forever."
REALIZE that you are a sinner, REPENT and confess your sin, RECEIVE God's free gift of forgiveness, and REJOICE and be thankful for God has confirmed your reservations and you are assured your room will be ready.
by Jane Barrick