Even if an apartment is for sale with 800sf, more than likely most of us aren’t going to jump at the “opportunity.” I’ve lived in a small apartment for almost 8 months, and they get smaller over time – trust me!
Thankfully, we don’t have to worry about where we will live in our next life. Jesus told us in John 14:2-3 (KJV) that “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. 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.”
Many people interpret this to mean that in Heaven we will have large houses/mansions where we will abide forever. However, I don’t believe this.
Yet, I do believe that Jesus is preparing a place for us.
So, how do I reconcile these two thoughts?
First, I don’t think Jesus is interested in having a big beautiful mansion for us, where we go in, and just sit down at night, watch TV, veg out, or whatever we do currently. Even if we came out during the day to worship Him, I don’t think this is His plan. (And it’s definitely not His plan to have us come out only on Sundays to worship).
Having a single house for each person just doesn’t make sense, and doesn’t match with what the rest of the Bible has to say about Heaven. The Bible also mentions that “families” will not exist as they do on earth (Matthew 22:30 “For when the dead rise, they will neither marry nor be given in marriage. In this respect, they will be like angels in Heaven.”) Note that I didn’t say you won’t see your “family;” remember, Christians are ALL brothers and sisters in Christ.
Secondly, Jesus mentions that He is going to prepare a place, will return, and then we will be received “unto” Him. This implies that the place is more of a physical presence with Jesus (see also John 14:3 “That where I am, there ye may be also.”) Thus, mansions may refer to more of an abstract medium in Heaven that we just don’t understand in our limited human capacity.
The Bible does describe a Holy City descending out of Heaven (Rev 21:10), having the glory of God, with precious stones like Jasper and clear as crystal (Rev 21:11), foundations of jasper, sapphire, emerald, topaz, and more (Rev 21:19-20), pearly gates and streets of transparent gold (Rev 21:21).
Heaven is a real place, and someday Christians everywhere will be called up by Jesus. It won’t be an 800sf apartment, and it won’t be a mansion like we may have been taught as children, but Heaven will be a beautiful place that we can all adore; praising God eternally for what He has done, is doing, and will continue to do in our lives.