Jesus replied, “All who love me will do what I say. My Father will love them, and we will come and make our home with each of them.
John 14:23 NLT
Every home has its arguments or disagreements.
My parents had a family devotional book called, “Where two or three are gathered together, someone spills the milk.”
I recall drawing a picture of three little kids crying over a glass of spilled milk. Under the picture I wrote a caption saying, “don’t cry over spilled milk but it’s always a good idea to pray.”
Judas (not Iscariot) said, “Master, why is it that you are about to make yourself plain to us but not to the world?”
“Because a loveless world,” said Jesus, “is a sightless world. If anyone loves me, he will carefully keep my word and my Father will love him—we’ll move right into the neighborhood!
Not loving me (Jesus continued) means not keeping my words.
The message you are hearing isn’t mine. It’s the message of the Father who sent me.
“I’m telling you these things while I’m still living with you.
The Friend, the Holy Spirit whom the Father will send at my request, will make everything plain to you.
He will remind you of all the things I have told you.
I’m leaving you well and whole.
That’s my parting gift to you. Peace.
I don’t leave you the way you’re used to being left—feeling abandoned, bereft.
So don’t be upset.
Don’t be distraught.
“You’ve heard me tell you, ‘I’m going away, and I’m coming back.’
If you loved me, you would be glad that I’m on my way to the Father because the Father is the goal and purpose of my life.
“I’ve told you this ahead of time, before it happens, so that when it does happen, the confirmation will deepen your belief in me.
I’ll not be talking with you much more like this because the chief of this godless world is about to attack.
But don’t worry—he has nothing on me, no claim on me.
But so the world might know how thoroughly I love the Father, I am carrying out my Father’s instructions right down to the last detail.
“Get up. Let’s go. It’s time to leave here.” John 14:22-31 MSG
Being around my family is just a foreshadow of what it will be like when I am at home, in glory (heaven) with my Heavenly Father.
Not every home has a loving father, let alone siblings, a mom and extended family members who demonstrate or try to show the same love God gives. As humans we will always fall short of the devine but we can bear a resemblance of Christ. His Holy Spirit can reside in us and we can reflect Him as the moon reflects the sun. The properties of the moon are nothing like the sun, it only lights up because the sun’s beams are reaching it.
Isaiah 55 goes into detail of how God’s way & thoughts are not like ours.
The Church (body of Christ) and believers are not Christ but our fellowship here on earth can & should be some type of preface to what we will experience in Heaven.
Until Christ comes I am not going to put too much emphasis on looking for the perfect fellowship with my family or the church but allow Christ to perfect His fellowship with me in my personal relationship with Him.
In Jesus name, Beetle