God’s Call Includes a Place Prepared for Us

Rob Donoho

Read: John 14:1-7

In my Father’s house are many rooms. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? (v. 2)

The houses we constructed in Mexico for homeless families were very simple. Built on an 18-by-20-foot concrete pad, they have two small bedrooms and one common room. There is no plumbing. Despite their simplicity, these houses feel like a mansion to families that previously slept in lean-to tents, in overcrowded homes, or on the street.

In addition to the standard bedding provided by the local mission agency, we brought extra items to make the house feel more like a home. This included tables and chairs, plates and silverware, window treatments, and curtains to provide some privacy for each room.

Once everything was prepared, we dedicated the home. We gathered in a circle with each missionary saying a few words of blessing to the family before presenting them with the key to their new home. We then entered the home and prayed blessings on the home and the family. Tears flowed freely even from the most manly of men on our team.

As great as this experience was, it is only a glimpse of what joy those who have confessed with their mouth and believed in their heart will experience in heaven (Rom. 10:9-10, 13). Jesus is preparing a place for us now. A place we can call our eternal home with all the trimmings. —Rob Donoho

Prayer: Jesus, thank you for preparing a place in heaven for me. May I help others to also find a room.