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Acts 13:26-33
Psalm 2:6-11
John 14:1-6

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"In My Father's house there are many dwelling places; otherwise, how could I have told you that I was going to prepare a place for you?" —John 14:2-3

The Lord created human beings as creatures of place. We want a place in life, a place to live, job placement, even a place at table. We don't want to feel out-of-place. We also want a place in church. Some people even come early to church to get a certain place. It's usually in the back, and one they've had for years.

Deep down we feel a need for a place not just in the church building but in the Church, the body of Christ. Jesus promised He would go and prepare this place for us (Jn 14:2). "When He ascended on high, He took a host of captives and gave gifts to men" (Eph 4:8). By using these gifts of the Spirit, we can take our place in the body of Christ and in His plan of salvation. By repenting, we are able to return to our proper place after losing that place through sin.

After we have taken our place in this life Jesus will come back and take us with Him so that where He is we also may be (Jn 14:3). He will give us our place in heaven. Then we will be "in place" forever.

Prayer:  Father, I repent of any words and thoughts which are out of place (see Eph 5:4) .

Promise:  "Yet God raised Him from the dead, and for many days thereafter Jesus appeared to those who had come up with Him from Galilee to Jerusalem. These are His witnesses now before the people." —Acts 13:30-31

Praise:  Harry quit a high-paying job because God called him elsewhere.

Reference:  (For a related teaching, order our leaflet Who Am I In Christ? or our four-part series of audio tapes starting with AV 7A-1 or our two-part video series starting with V-7A.)

Rescript:  †Most Reverend Joseph R. Binzer, Auxiliary Bishop, Vicar General of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, November 2, 2012

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