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"No Place Like Home"

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"A song of Ascents. Of Solomon. Unless the Lord builds the house, They labor in vain who build it; Unless the Lord guards the city, The watchman stays awake in vain."


Psalms 127:1


Studying the book of Psalms this summer took me to John 11 and Jesus declaration that He is the resurrection and the life and whoever believes in Him will never die got me thinking about what it means to be at "home" with the Lord. In my studying I was reading about how when evangelist D.L. Moody was invited to perform his first funeral he poured over his bible to see how Jesus performed funerals. D.L. Moody quickly learned from his study of the bible that Jesus never performed a single funeral for the simple fact that when Jesus showed up at a funeral it turned into something that resembled a birthday party for the deceased person always came back to life. Where Jesus is there is life.

Don't you love the word "Home"? It gives you this picture of peace and security, life and love, (at least it does for me) and I think that is exactly what our Lord had in mind when He told the disciples in John 14:2, "In My Father's house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you." Home is that special place where you can let your hair down so to speak, be yourself without a care in the world. home is our hiding place, an oasis from the world, our own little slice of heaven. 

It is if Jesus is Lord over it. Heaven is home, and it's a real place Jesus is preparing for those that love Him. Yes, beloved of God, Jesus is preparing a place for each of us where we can feel at home, where we can feel safe and secure, where we are loved and full of life. I doubt very seriously Jesus is carving furniture or hanging pictures on the walls. No, loved one, I believe the Lord is doing something so much deeper, so much more better than that for us. He is preparing a place that we can be with Him.

Let me ask you, friend, where is it on earth that you feel most at home? I read a quote that a Mrs. Craik wrote regarding friendship, and you might wonder what friendship has to do with feeling at home but there is a link? Bear with me as I share with you what she wrote and see if you can make the connection. She wrote,

"Oh, the comfort, the inexpressible comfort of feeling safe with a person, having neither to weigh thoughts or measure words, but pour them all right out just as they are, chaff and grain together, knowing that a faithful hand will take and sift them, keep what is worth keeping, and then with the breath of kindness blow away the rest."

Home then is not a house per say, but rather; home is a relationship, a friendship between two people that is shared. I tell people all the time. It makes no difference then if you live in a tent then or in a castle, what makes a home truly a home are the relationships there. For me, home is wherever my wife is. Mrs. Craik understood well there is a direct link between friendship and heaven. When people experience love at its deepest level they often will say things like, "Isn't this heavenly" or "this is simply divine" to describe how they feel and that is entirely true. 

There is nothing like a good friend that will make you feel like you are at home. Its why the gift of hospitality is so sweet. We all enjoy those people with this gift as when we grace their doors we just feel at home and not because of the house itself but rather because of the relationships there. My wife has been blessed with this gift. It's not the place that makes home, home, It's the people. Like the old saying, "home is where your heart is".

Did you know, loved one, that Jesus desires to be that kind of friend to you? He does and if you remember it was Jesus who Himself said, "No longer do I call you slaves but friends, for a slave doesn't know what his master is doing but I have told you all things." In John 14:3 Jesus made sure the disciples knew where He was going and what His intentions were regarding them when He said, "And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also."

The purpose then of Jesus building a place for us was so that we could be with Him. Did you get the last part of what John was saying? John was quoting Jesus own words, "that where I am, there you may be also." Do you get it? We get it only when we understand that heaven is home because heaven is being with the One who loves you so much so He that gave His very life for us so that we could be together with Him forever. That's what makes heaven, heaven! Heaven is heaven because Jesus is there just as hell is hell because Jesus isn't there. There's no place like home when Jesus is its Master builder! After all, He is a carpenter too you know!

"So we are always confident, knowing that while we are at home in the body we are absent from the Lord."… "We are confident, yes, well pleased rather to be absent from the body and to be present with the Lord."

2 Corinthians 5:6,8

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