by Rick Warren — April 9, 2023
From What Is Jesus Doing Now
“There are many rooms in my Father's house, and I am going to prepare a place for you. I would not tell you this if it were not so. And after I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to myself, so that you will be where I am.”
John 14:2-3 (GNT)
The night before he went to the cross, Jesus wasn’t focused on the agony and pain he was about to go through. He was thinking about you. And this is what he said: “There are many rooms in my Father’s house, and I am going to prepare a place for you. I would not tell you this if it were not so. And after I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to myself, so that you will be where I am” (John 14:2-3 GNT).
Jesus said he was going to prepare a room in heaven for everyone who believes in him. The God who can create the universe with a few words has been taking 2,000 years to prepare an eternal home for you. It’s going to blow your mind. It won’t be anything like you could possibly imagine!
The world is a beautiful place. I’ve been in 165 countries in the last 40 years. I’ve seen some amazing scenery—sunsets and waterfalls and mountains and jungles and all kinds of beauty. Even in all its brokenness, it still contains some incredible sights. If a broken place can still be so beautiful, imagine what a place of perfection will be like. I can’t even explain it to you.
In fact, that’s what the Bible says in 1 Corinthians 2:9: “No eye has seen, no ear has heard, and no mind has imagined the things that God has prepared for those who love him” (GW).
We can’t comprehend just how wonderful heaven will be for those who have made Jesus the Lord of their lives. But I do know this: It’s a place of perfection, where we will joyfully be in the presence of God. And I want you to be there. Jesus wants you to be there! He gave his life so you could be there.
However, going to heaven is not automatic. God gives you the choice to love him. He doesn’t force you to love him, as if you were some sort of robot. He’s given you the freedom to choose him. But, in order to get into God’s family home—heaven—you first need to join God’s family through faith in Jesus Christ.
I look forward to seeing all my brothers and sisters in our perfect, eternal home, where we can worship God, work together, and enjoy all that he has prepared for us.