After sleeping in five beds over a two-week period I was so ready to be home. My appreciation and respect for those that travel has greatly increased. There truly is no place like home. Why? It’s comfortable, relaxing, we’re with the people we like and the stuff we like.
The Bible talks about home.
In John 14 as Jesus is having his last conversation with the disciples, he tries to alleviate their concerns by talking about home. He starts by talking about their future home, their future reality:
John 14:1-3 says, “Let not your hearts be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in me. In my Father’s house are many rooms. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? 3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also.”
God is going to prepare a place for you – your new home – where we live in perfected bodies, in a perfected place, with a perfect God.
Even though the reality of this future home brings us peace, it left the disciples with lingering questions and concerns. The fact that Jesus was leaving began to set in. They followed up with questions. Questions like:
- How will we know the way home?
- Why will we know but others won’t
- How are we going to make it without you around?
Then Jesus told them about their present reality – that while Jesus is preparing their future homes, he is also taking up residence in them through his Spirit.
John 14:15-17 says, “If you love me, you will keep my commandments. And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another helper, to be with you forever, even the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees him nor knows him. You know him, for he dwells with you and will be in you.”
Paul reminded us of this same truth in Ephesians 3:16
Ephesians 3:16-17 “ . . . that according to the riches of his glory he may grant you to be strengthened with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. . . “
So here’s the truth to remember:
Jesus is preparing our home in heaven, but in the meantime he has TAKEN UP RESIDENCE in our hearts.
Through his spirit he is making our heart his home.
I often think of Jesus as being “out there” as though I need to search him out and try to connect to him as though he is some place hard to reach. But the reality is that he has taken up residence inside me. He is with me with every step I take and every breath I breathe. He is there.
So the question I would ask you to consider is . . .
What kind of home are we making for Jesus as he lives inside us?
This truth is brought to life in the story called My Heart – Christ’s Home by Robert Boyd Munger. Check it out.