Jesus didn’t say, “I am going now, so you can prepare a place for me” and He definitely didn’t tell you to prepare your own place. What He told His disciples was, “And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.”
The problem is that far too many “Christians” are more caught up in building an earthly kingdom than living for the Heavenly one.
They work long hours to build up castles that will one day crumble to the ground. They politicize the tenants of their faith, in order bring the people of the land into moral subjection. They preach truth in fear and hate. They are motivated by their self-righteous standard founded on so-called “Christian principles” rather than being motivated by the love of Christ and being guided and directed by the Holy Spirit. They are more concerned with promoting external change, that will never last, rather than the internal change, that will last for all eternity.
And the worst part of it all is that they embrace this US VERSUS THEM mentality. “Either you are with us, or you are against us!” They forget the Apostle Paul’s warning that “we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places.” By waging war against flesh and blood, they reject the twofold biblical mandate for all Christians:
LOVE GOD AND LOVE OTHERS.
You can spend all your time building and protecting your earthly kingdom or you can start living for the Heavenly Kingdom. Living for the Heavenly Kingdom really comes down to placing a higher value on people rather than things. Loving instead of hating. Waging war against the spirits of darkness rather than against your neighbors. Living the gospel, instead of beating people over the head with it. Basically, realizing that this place is not our home and your neighbor is not your real enemy.
Jesus has prepared a far greater place for us. Isn’t it time we start living for there rather than here?