“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 home…. 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” (John 14:1-3).
Ramesh Richard in Soul Vision tells of a Friday afternoon, and his last appointment with one of his students. Wilfred was a focused, determined thirty-three-year-old Ghanaian student at his college. Wilfred was the first man in his village to go to university and translated the New Testament into his mother tongue. He opted to go home for several years before pursuing his doctorate degree. He wanted his professor to come and visit him once he got to Ghana. With a smile, he said, “See you at home!” Sadly, those were Wilfred’s final words. God had a different meaning for the word “home.” Wilfred was hit and killed by a drunk driver that same night.
The Church is in the eternal home preparation business.
There are two things that we can do on earth that we cannot do in heaven. We cannot sin in heaven. We cannot prepare people for heaven – witness or evangelize. This work must be done now.
“Jesus has gone away to heaven, and some day, just as he went, he will return!” (Acts 1:11, TLB).