“For my Father’s will is that everyone who looks to the Son and believes in him shall have eternal life...” John 6:40 To look on the Son is another way of saying “believe” in him. Who is included in the everyone that John talks about here? Sometimes we find it...
“They are before the throne of God, and serve him day and night in his temple; and he who sits on the throne will shelter them with his presence.” Revelation 7:15
God will shelter—literally, “spread his tent”—over his people. Imagine a massive piece of canvas that will be shaped into a tent. He shakes it out so that it falls over all his people, in a way that none of them are outside. It is the most beautiful picture of inclusion.
Where do you feel completely at home? Where is the place you can say, “This is where I belong”? That feeling is a foretaste of what you will experience in the presence of the Lord. Some of us struggle to feel at home in this life. Some don’t feel completely at home in the church or in their own families. Some don’t feel at home in their own bodies.
Whatever your struggles are in this life, if you are in Christ, the day will come when you know that you are completely at home. When God spreads his tent over you, you’ll say, “This is where I belong! I was made for this place!”
To be at home means that you will be yourself. In heaven you will find yourself saying, “I am more myself than I have ever been before.”
In heaven, you will serve the Lord as you always wished you could. You will be at peace with yourself as never before. You will be at peace with all your brothers and sisters in Christ, and you will be at peace with God. You will be at home.
Where do you feel most at home in this life? How might that be a foretaste of being at home in eternity with God?