Guests for Eternity

Small groups are a wonderful place where spiritual growth, friendship and amazing conversations can cultivate.  My wife and I have had the privilege of hosting one at our place for almost two years now.  Thinking of the idea of hosting or having people over I can’t help but reflect on Jesus’ words.

“In my Father’s house are many rooms.  If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also and you know the way to where I am going.” – John 14:2-4

Wow, that sounds like an amazing house, I’m excited to one day see the kitchen because I bet it’s fantastic.  But let’s back it up.  When we have people over to our house we need to first invite them right? So who’s invited to this house?

Jesus was addressing those who believe in God and believe also in him in the above verse (John 14:2-4).

“Come to me all who labor and are heavy laden and I will give you rest.” – Matthew 11:28

Again the idea of coming and relaxing in fellowship with one another.

It’s crazy to think this world has close to 7 billion people in it right now, not to mention all the billions of people that have already passed.  What’s more incredible is that God sends an invitation to every single person, all we have to do is accept it.  At the small group my wife and I host, we held an open invitation to everyone at our church (It’s a congregation of about 120 people, so before you think of a mega church, our house is not that big).  For the 15 that felt called to join, I’m sure their experience of our house is far from what Heaven will be like.  However, there is one thing in common; the reflection, praise and focus is directed to God for all that he has done.

If you’ve been to a someone’s house or hosted people at your house, I’m sure it was great, but it also came with a cost.  It could be the time it takes getting the house ready.  The financial cost for preparing or ordering food.  Or if you are attending sometimes its getting yourself out the door.  Time is an expense we all sacrifice when we meet others whether its for a nice evening to hang out or at a small group.

I’m sure you can see where I’m going with this.  Jesus paid the ultimate cost for us on the cross.  This gift of salvation is exactly that, a gift and it’s free.  Just like a freshly home-made plate of brownies sitting in front of you all you need to do is reach out and accept this free gift.

But God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.  Since, therefore, we have now been justified by his blood, much more shall we be saved by him from the wrath of God. – Romans 5:8-9

Jesus is the reason we have hope and realistically the only reason this blog exists.  He loved us so much that he died for us on the cross.

As I mentioned, my wife and I have people over to the house often, we like to entertain and open our home up.  But, we also enjoy it when those guests leave at the end of the night.  Don’t get me wrong, I like the people we invite over and the people in our small group, but I can’t say I love them enough, or will ever love them enough to have them move in with us for eternity.  But that’s exactly what Jesus did.  He died on the cross so we can go to an incredible house with many many rooms.  As you begin your week let’s remember all that Jesus has done for us, and what He has invited us into; He is the Host of hosts!

 

Donald Porter

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