“Jesus answered and said to him, “If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word; and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our home with him.” ~John 14:23 (NKJV)
Wow! Imagine that, God wants to make a home in you and me. He doesn’t want to be a weekend retreat house or a vacation cabin. I don’t think He’s even thinking about a retirement home. I believe God is looking for a permanent dwelling place for His Spirit to set up residence, allowing us to have an intimate fellowship with Him.
In the OT, God took up residence first in a Tabernacle in the midst of the nation of Israel, and later in the Temple built by King Solomon. But at that time, He had not sought to live within the “home” of the individual. But, sadly, because of the Israelite’s disobedience and unbelieving attitude, the prophet Ezekiel tells us in chapter 10 that he witnessed the “glory of the LORD” departing from the Temple (the LORD’S House).
In the NT, God wants an enduring abode in which to be found. He wants us to be His home, and He has provided the best of all ways to accomplish that: through His Son. But, notice what John tells us. If we accept Him and love Him, and obey His teachings, both He and the Father will take up residence in our spirit. Picture that: a“two-fer.”
I know this might be a bit heady. We like to keep God at arm’s length; in the heavens above; someone we can call on in those situations that we seem to have lost control of. We don’t usually think of God in terms of His “dwelling” in us. But that’s what He desires. Acts 17:28 says He wants to be the One in whom “we live and move and have our being.” In my mind, that’s a bit more than just hangin’ out on the couch.
Better still, move some things around and provide Him a much bigger space in which to dwell. It’s not His house that He wants us to live in (well, maybe later!); it’s our house He wants to reside in.
Think about that as your day starts to unfold.
Please welcome our Sunday morning contributing writer, Pastor John Roberts. John is the pastor of New Hope Fellowship in the great Northwest where he resides with his wife of 46 years.
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