THERE IS STILL ROOM FOR YOU

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THERE IS STILL ROOM FOR YOU

Just before Christmas, we looked at how important it is for us to make room in our lives for Jesus. For when we make room for Jesus, we are essentially allowing Him to work in us and through us,

“for it is God who works in you both to will and to do for His good pleasure.” Philippians 2:13

And what is God’s good pleasure?

“Do not be seized with alarm and struck with fear, little flock, for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom!” Luke 12:32 [AMP]

His good pleasure is not selfish, it is selfless. He does not see how much we can do for Him, He is waiting to see just how much we will let Him do for us. For our Father has said,

“I will not take a bull from your house,
Nor goats out of your folds.
For every beast of the forest is Mine,
And the cattle on a thousand hills.
I know all the birds of the mountains,
And the wild beasts of the field are Mine.
If I were hungry, I would not tell you;
For the world is Mine, and all its fullness.” Psalm 50:9-12

So we can hold on to this promise He made,

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declared the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11 [NIV]

And know that because He has said so, He will bring to pass, as long as we let Him.

But Christmas is over, the gifts have been unwrapped, the end-of-season sale is now on, and you still haven’t made time for Jesus. Is it too late? Does He still have room for you?

Well, beloved, I’m glad you asked. And here’s the spoiler. Yes, there is still room for you; because you see, Jesus said,

“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. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also.” John 14:2-3

Where is He right now? He’s still preparing the place for you. And how do we know? Well, the Anti-Christ has not yet come and the world has not deteriorated to the state Jesus described in Matthew 24. So He must be preparing your place for you.

But while knowing that should be of great comfort to us all, there are still two other things which I want to draw your attention to today.

Firstly, Jesus is not just preparing for us a place or a seat; He’s not even preparing a tent or lodging. The word ‘room’ which the NKJV translates as ‘mansion’ is the same word for ‘home’ or ‘dwelling’. No one is ever given a home to live in for just a little while. A home is a place of permanence, a place we can depend on for comfort and protection. A home is therefore the place where we plant roots because that is where we feel the most comfortable and protected. And Jesus is preparing for us a home.

You know, citizen homeownership is something that many governments aspire to but few manage to achieve at the national level. In fact, in many countries, young people are afraid of getting married and starting their own families because property prices have gotten so high that the basic need for a roof over their heads is beyond their reach.

So isn’t it wonderful that the first thing that we can look forward to in Heaven is a home of our very own? In fact, the Orthodox Jewish Bible points to this verse in cross reference to show us just what a home Jesus is preparing for us.

“Jesus answered and said to him, “If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word; and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our home with him.” John 14:23

Jesus is not merely preparing for us a physical shell of a building, He and Our Father will be right there, dwelling with us. So to the cynics who think that God is stingy and will always short change us but never Himself; consider this. Since God will be making His home with you, how great will your home be?

The next thing I want you to take note of is the number of homes there are. No matter which translation you turn to, the word used is ‘many’. Not ‘one’, not ‘some’, not ‘few’; but ‘many’. And we know what ‘many’ means.

But ‘many’ also does not equate to infinite.

There are those out there who think that since God our Father loves us, which He does; and has made it possible for us to be reconciled to Him through Jesus, which He has; there is no limit to the things that they can do or the sins that they can commit; just as long as they receive Christ before they die.

Well, my friend, if this is the way you think, I’m afraid, you’ve got it wrong.

You see, there will come a time

“When the Son of Man comes in His glory, and all the holy angels with Him, then He will sit on the throne of His glory. All the nations will be gathered before Him, and He will separate them one from another, as a shepherd divides his sheep from the goats.” Matthew 24:31-32

And at that time, “Then He will also say to those on the left hand, ‘Depart from Me, you cursed, into the everlasting fire prepared for the devil and his angels:” Matthew 24:41

For indeed, as Jesus said,

“Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven.” Matthew 7:21

So there will come a day when that gate will be closed. There will come a day when it will be ‘too late to apologize’.

“But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, but My Father only.” Matthew 24:36

You know, many have argued till they are blue in the face about when that day will be. Truth is, no one knows. Jesus said so. And yet others have wondered whether accepting Christ on the deathbed after living an utterly sordid life is enough to get saved. But what’s the point of engaging such thoughts?

You see, after Jesus rose from the grave, there was a time when He met His disciples by the shore. Over breakfast, He told Peter by what manner of death He was to glorify God. When Peter had heard Jesus’ comments,

“Then Peter, turning around, saw the disciple whom Jesus loved following, who also had leaned on His breast at the supper, and said, “Lord, who is the one who betrays You?” Peter, seeing him, said to Jesus, “But Lord, what about this man?”” John 21:20-21

That’s so typical of what we would do, isn’t it? We like to compare ourselves against others, often believing that we are better than them. But see what Jesus said to Peter.

“Jesus said to him, “If I will that he remain till I come, what is that to you? You follow Me.”” John 20:22

What does it matter if someone you know accepted Christ and got saved right at the end of a sordid life? What does it matter if others seem to get away ‘scott free’ with a life of sin? All that is needful for us personally, is to follow Him. For God does not make us share our place in Heaven with others, nor does He make our place dependent upon others. What matters, what ONLY matters, is us and Him.

So if you have never received Jesus into your life, but want to now; don’t look at the others around you and think that because there is still time, you can put off what the Holy Spirit is convicting you to do. There is a reason why you have been brought here today, led right up to this point. Ours is not a world of coincidences,

“For of Him and through Him and to Him are all things,…” Romans 11:36

So if you have been convicted by the Holy Spirit and want to let Jesus into your life, if you want to get in on His salvation while there is still room for you, then say this to Him right now.

“Jesus, thank You for loving me. Thank You for putting all things in place, so that my life can be led to this point. Thank You for loving me enough to leave a place for me. And I know that because I have yet to see You, You are there, in Heaven, preparing my place for me. Jesus, I also know that if not for You, I would not have been able to earn my place in Heaven. For if not by Your shed blood, I would not have been able to receive the full remission of all my sins. But now that I have, I know that I stand holy and righteous before God our Father. So Jesus, I await the day when we will be at home again, together in Heaven. Amen.”

Beloved child of God, yours is not merely a room, but a home in Heaven, prepared just for you. On that you can rely, because it will never be taken away from you.

But you know, you don’t need to wait till then to feel the presence of Jesus and our Father in your life. Because Jesus has said,

“If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word; and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our home with him.” John 14:23

We who have put our trust in Jesus, we who love Him for all that we have seen Him do in our lives, we are the ones to whom They have come and made their home with. For Jeremiah reminds us that we can

“Be strong and of good courage, do not fear nor be afraid of them; for the Lord your God, He is the One who goes with you. He will not leave you nor forsake you.” Deuteronomy 3:16

So take advantage of the home in His heart that Jesus has for you and count on Him to give you little pieces of Heaven here on earth.

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