THE JOURNEY HOME
“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.” John 14:2 (NKJV)
It's Christmas time. Many of us make the journey back home to visit family and friends. I remember as an adult, going back to my family home. I was so surprised how small everything had become: my old bedroom, the town, etc. It was like lego land. As time passes we become bigger than our past. We grow.
In the first 3 verses of John 14, Jesus says He prepares a place for us. It's a place where God also is. Being in our place, positions us in God.
In the preceding Chapter 13, Jesus informed Peter that he is going to stumble. Big time! And Jesus tells him this after He’d told him he would be the Rock the church would be built upon! The amazing point is that Peter's failure doesn't negate the fact that God will still use him to build the church.
Jesus builds His church on broken, stumbling people like Peter. We are all on a journey where sometimes we do stumble. But like Peter, God helps us rise above our weakness, our stumbling. That weakness can become our greatest strength. Think about who preached the first message on the Day of Pentecost? Peter! Your mistakes don't disqualify. In fact they may be the very thing that God uses you to fulfill His purpose through. All He needs is for you to surrender to Him. Take up His agenda and lay down yours.