The chimes from the church up the street were playing Love Divine, All Loves Excelling. I had grown up singing this old hymn, so I tried to remember the words and sing along with the music. At one point I sang, “Til in heaven we make our place.” Suddenly, theological red flags went up in my head. That line doesn’t sound right! We don’t make our own place in heaven! Then, the right word occurred to me. It goes “Til in heaven we take our place.”
That’s the way it goes! We can’t make our own place in heaven. Only Jesus can do that.
But we can take our place that he offers us through his grace.
“In my Father’s house are many rooms; if it were not so, I would have told you. 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.”—John 14:2-3.