2011-01-11 - My Cousin's House
When our family recently held a big reunion, I found out that one of my great uncles had done some research a couple decades ago - and discovered that we are related to Elvis Presley. Some years ago, Elvis father and my uncle struck up a mail relationship that lasted for years. I now jokingly refer to Graceland (Elvis' estate in Tennessee) as my cousin's house. Of course, when I visit one day, I will not expect any special treatment because Elvis is a distant cousin. I'll just be one more tourist.
But our Father's House is different. For you see, as Christ's sister and God's beloved child, I am rich, beyond what any celebrity could even imagine. And these riches are mine. And if you have a saving faith in Christ these riches are yours, as well. In Heaven, our home will probably make Graceland look like a hovel.
John 14:2 (NKJV) 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. 3 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. 4 And where I go you know, and the way you know.
But that's only the tip of the iceberg. For the most valuable riches will be our spiritual inheritance through the eternal life that Christ provided for us (John 3:16). But this is no promise of an easy life. Sometimes if we or someone else are going through a difficult time, someone will well-meaningly ask us what do you think you did wrong, or I wonder how s/he is out of the will of God. I have never understood how anyone who is Biblically literate could ask such a thing, when the Bible tells us to expect suffering.
Romans 8:14-17 (NKJV) 14For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God. 15 For you did not receive the spirit of bondage again to fear, but you received the Spirit of adoption by whom we cry out, "Abba, Father." 16 The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, 17 and if children, then heirs - heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ, if indeed we suffer with Him, that we may also be glorified together.
But once we reach our Father's house, all that suffering will pale, in comparison to the joy and the glory that we experience for all eternity. Will you be going to our Father's house when you leave this world? If you aren't confident of that, feel free to write any of us here at CFDevotionals.org - firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, or myself.