John 14:23 NIV
Jesus replied, “Anyone who loves me will obey my teaching. My Father will love them, and we will come to them and make our home with them.”
This is Jesus’ promise to us. Once Jesus lives (indwells) in us, salvation life is now about Jesus dwelling in our hearts in increasing measure, taking over, making his home in us. It’s about experiencing the nearness of Jesus and all that he wants to do in us and through us to make us more like him.
“The verb that Paul uses refers to a permanent indwelling or residence of Christ in the heart. He means that we should welcome Christ into every aspect of our lives, so that there is no known area of our lives that we would be uncomfortable having Christ share it with us. Perhaps no one has put it better than Robert Munger, in his little booklet, ‘My Heart, Christ’s Home’ [IVP]. He tells of how after Christ entered his heart, in the joy of that newfound relationship, he said, ‘Lord, I want this heart of mine to be yours. I want to have you settle down here and be perfectly at home. Everything I have belongs to you.'” [Making Christ at Home in Your Heart, Bible.Org Series: Ephesians, Steven J. Cole, 2007]
Prayer: Lord, thank you for your promise. I want my heart to be yours. Please come and make your home in me, in our church, and make us more like you. In Jesus’ name, amen.
Let’s worship with the song “More Like Jesus” by Kristian Stanfill, et al. (click here).