Our Home

“Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me.  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 14:1-3)

 Some of our young people have just returned from a week at ICYC. While I wish so much that I could have been there, I can imagine from previous experiences what their average day was like. I know at some point several times each day that the word of God was studied, and I know that many times during the day there were a host of spiritual songs which were sung. The atmosphere at ICYC, or Backwoods, or Exposure youth camp, or the Southern Evangelism Conference, Area Wide youth devotionals, Gospel Meetings, and singings is a great atmosphere. It is a time where songs of praise are sung, and the word of God is studied, and those who are there are all encouraged by the events of the day. But it is not our home.

I could only imagine what the disciples are thinking as Jesus begins to speak in John chapter fourteen.  The disciples have spent all this time with the Lord, and He is preparing to leave to return to God the Father. Certainly, there were those “upper room” moments, where the disciples were encouraged, but time was beginning to slip, and they would in fact be back in “normal” society. While we enjoy times of fellowship, and times of study, and times of worship together, those times are just simply not our every day lives, and at some point, we too must venture back into the world as it stands.

Our behavior around others, our actions, are crucial, Jesus reminds us that we are the “light of the world” (Matt 5:14), that we are to “let our lights shine before men, that they may see our good works and glorify our Father in heaven” (Matt 5:16), and Paul reminds us that our mind should be that of Christ Jesus (Phil 2:5). We enjoy those times we spend with our friends of “like precious faith”, and we need those times for our encouragement, no wonder the Hebrew writer reminds us of the encouragement we draw by assembling with the saints, and commands us to ALWAYS make preparation to be there (Heb 10:24-25). Enjoy those times together, and live as lights before others in times when we are not assembled.

Ande Z