House of God (04-06-20)
Updated: Jun 5
A Reading: John 14: 1-4
‘Don’t let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God, and trust also in me. There is more than enough room in my Father’s house. If this were not so, would I have told you that I am going to prepare a place for you? When everything is ready, I will come and get you, so that you will always be with me where I am. And you know the way to where I am going’.
One of my favourite activities is to visit new show homes. I love to see how the leisure and working areas have been combined to create seamless communal living, and what uses other rooms could be put to. Which rooms would we be spending most of our time in, how light are the rooms, what would we look out onto, and is the garden an appropriate size? It is sometimes difficult to convince the sales team that we have a credible interest in moving house, but it is worth the trouble. Successful layouts provide a glimpse of what houses will look like in 10 years time!
Discussion in the property market is turning towards housing in the post Covid era. Location has always mattered, but a friendly community is now to be sought. As remote working becomes more prevalent, proximity to transport is less important and good broadband services are more so. A south facing garden is always a bonus. But homes will need to be bigger.
With family members working from home, a larger home will now need to accommodate a segregated home-working area. And other family members have realised that it is much cheaper to co-habit in their family home, and more bearable since alternative social activities have been curtailed by social distancing requirements.
God’s house in the New Jerusalem can accommodate all these requirements for his adopted family.
The number and size of rooms is infinitely flexible, and adjusts to the number of arrivals in real time, since the doors of New Jerusalem will never be closed. The view is stunning in every direction, with city walls of Jasper inlaid with precious stones. There is no darkness, for the glory of God illuminates the city. The garden flows with the living water, and the trees of life provide fruit continuously.
Other members of God’s family seem really nice, and the neighbours worship in perfect harmony.
‘Can you see yourself living here?’ politely asks the key holder. ‘I believe I can!’, I find myself replying.
Thank you, Lord, that through your sacrifice and through our faith in you, we become children of God.
Thank you, Lord, that as children of God we may live with the Holy Spirit, the Father and yourself forever, now and forever.