In My Father’s House

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. John 14:2

Jesus is saying, “there is more than enough room for you!” A professor stood in front of his class with a large jar, rocks, pebbles, and sand. He first filled the jar with rocks and asked his students if the jar was full, to which they agreed. He then added pebbles to the jar and shook it up. The students agreed it was still full. Then he added the sand to fill the remaining space. The jar was now completely full. The jar represents your life. The rocks are the most valuable things in it – God, family, health, career; you decide. If there are no pebbles or sand the jar is still seemingly full. When our jars are full our lives are full of meaning and purpose. Pebbles are things that are necessary in life but are secondary, or some you can live without (a bigger house, fancier car, hobbies). We tend to collect pebbles; but always want more. The sand is the fillers of your life. They don’t hold much value and seem harmless, but if you’re not careful they can invade your life and drown out important things. How is it that we can easily watch two hours of Netflix but struggle to make time for God? If you put sand in the jar first, it will fill it up leaving no room for rocks. Your life is out of order. Jesus should take priority; the giver of life. He is our rock; all the rest is sinking sand (Matthew 7:26). Be careful what or who you let into your life. He cares about our wants and needs too, but if we seek Him first, He will add the rest (Matthew 6:33).

We are like jars of clay for Jesus to fill and shine through, but we need to make room. There was no room in the inn (Luke 2:7). Is there room in your heart? He wants to overflow our cups with blessings that pour out onto others (Psalm 23:5). What is in your cup? He is preparing a place for us; will you prepare a place for him? He is knocking on the door of your heart; that God shaped hole that only He can fill (Rev 3:20). We can “make” other things fit, but we will still be partly empty. If you eat right, you won’t be hungry (Matt 4:4). Jesus adds purpose and meaning to our lives and leaves us wanting nothing (Psalm 23:1).

“Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that ye may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Ghost.” Romans 15:13


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