Why should we not worry about whatever is going on in our lives?
Our lives are known to God and our future is secure in him. Sure, we will all have troubles in life. Getting older produces pains, weaknesses other problems. Sometimes the choices we make produce consequences which weaken us or may even lead to our deaths. Our trust is not in ourselves but in God. We know he cares for us and Jesus told his disciples that he was going to prepare a place in heaven for them (and us also).
My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am.
New International Version (NIV)
Heaven is HUGE. The New city of Jerusalem is also built upon a grand scale.
The city is 1,500 miles long. 1,500 miles wide and 1,500 miles high.
There is enough room in the city for 15 Billion people to live in 1,000 square feet of space for each and have room left over.
The word interpreted as mansions or dwelling places here have been applied by the Greek writers to the tents or temporary habitations which soldiers pitch in their marches. It denotes a dwelling of less permanency than the word house.
It is commonly understood as affirming that in heaven there is ample room to receive all who will come; that therefore the disciples might be sure that they would not be excluded. Some have understood it as affirming that there will be different grades in the joys of heaven; that some of the mansions of the saints will be nearer to God than others.
Other bible interrupters’ believe Jesus was consoling his disciples about his going away from them soon and reminding them he will return for them and that they will all dwell with him now and always whether he is present with them in his body or through his spirit.
All is his house. Whether on earth or in heaven, we are still in his habitation. In that vast abode of God there are many dwelling places. The earth is one of them, heaven is another. Whether here or there, we are still in the house, in one of the mansions of our Father, in one of the apartments of his vast abode. Through his Holy Spirit dwelling in us (our earthly tents) he abides in us and we with him.
We see that the death of a Christian is not to be dreaded, nor is it an event over which we should immoderately weep. It is but removing from one apartment of God’s universal dwelling-place to another – one where we shall still be in his house, and still feel the same interest in all that pertains to his kingdom. And especially the removal of the Savior from the earth was an event over which Christians should rejoice, for he is still in the house of God, and still preparing dwelling places for the rest of His people.
Jesus had to leave us all here on earth and go to make a place for us ready.
Either he will return before we die and take us to be with him or when we die we will go to be with him.