Weekly Devotional: Our Heavenly Home

Man standing on roof with hand raised toward Heaven

“Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God; believe also in me. My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am. You know the way to the place where I am going.” — John 14:1-4, NIV

There is a well-known phrase that says "home is where the heart is." For Christians, our home is not in our hearts or even a physical earthly house. Our home is with Jesus Christ and the place he has prepared for us in heaven.

This home is better than anything we could possibly imagine on Earth, better than any luxury mansion or beach front house. We will be in God’s presence for eternity. This is the ultimate home like no other where we get to be with our Lord.

Home in Heaven

“For we know that if the earthly tent we live in is destroyed, we have a building from God, an eternal house in heaven, not built by human hands.” — 2 Corinthians 5:1, NIV

Depending on our situation, it may be hard to feel at home. Maybe we live in a stressful environment or with people who are tough to get along with. Perhaps, even finding a living situation is difficult. These factors are no cause for concern in heaven.

As Christians, we do not have to worry that there is no room for us or we are unwelcome. Christ died so that we would be forgiven and able to have a relationship with him both during our time on earth and our eternity with him in our heaven.

The Holy Spirit at Home Within Us

“You, however, are not in the realm of the flesh but are in the realm of the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God lives in you. And if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, they do not belong to Christ.” — Romans 8:9, NIV

It is comforting to know we have a heavenly home waiting for us; however, we also can be comforted while we are here on earth. We have the Holy Spirit who makes a home within us. As God’s people, we are called God’s temple because the Holy Spirit dwells within us (1 Corinthians 3:16).

Due to this, we can be confident we are never alone. While we expectantly look forward to the day when we get to move into our heavenly home, we can remember that no matter where we are, we have the Holy Spirit. We have a home in heaven and eternal life promised to us as Christians. In the meantime we can embrace wherever we currently are on earth by following God’s Word and the calling of the Holy Spirit.

“For here we do not have an enduring city, but we are looking for the city that is to come.” — Hebrews 13:14, NIV

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The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author’s and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of Grand Canyon University. Any sources cited were accurate as of the publish date.

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