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)
School reunions! What? Remember going home after being away? I remember as an adult going back to the house I grew up in. Shocking how small everything had become: 'Honey I shrunk the town!' My old bedroom, the house, the whole town, was like Lego land. Time passes. We get bigger than our past.
Jesus here says He prepares a place for us. It's a place where God is. Being in our place, places us in God.
Jesus had just told Peter that he is going to stumble. Big time! 'You'll deny Me Peter, three times'. Ironically, Jesus tells him he'll stumble after He’d told him he would be the Rock the church would be built upon! Peter did stumble, just as Jesus predicted, but that didn't disqualify him from the other prediction. He was an essential part of the foundation of 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 and our mistakes. 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 you. 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. Find your place. Your room.