John 14:22-23–Judas (not Iscariot) said to him, “Lord, how is it that you will reveal yourself to us, and not to the world?” 23 Jesus answered him, “Those who love me will keep my word, and my Father will love them, and we will come to them and make our home with them.
The word “home” or “dwelling places” is the same word used in John 14:2 – In my Father’s house there are many dwelling places. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you?
Jesus Christ, God-Incarnate, made his dwelling among the people. After His death and resurrection, He returned to the Father and is preparing a dwelling place for us in the Father’s house. But here and now, through the Holy Spirit, God is not just present with us, but is also making His home in the hearts of those who love Jesus and obey His commands.
This means that God will reveal Himself not only to us, but also through us by His Spirit. The life of obedient love is far greater than we can comprehend or contain, because it is beyond us. But the promise of God is that we will not only live it, we will also be transformed. As God makes His home in us, we become like Him. By the Holy Spirit in us, we are also given the grace of responding and reciprocating love for God through a life of obedient love.
Let’s pray and say yes, Lord, may there be more of Jesus and less of me. Let’s ask God to fill us with His grace that we may love Him through a life of obedient love. As we pray, let’s worship God with this song – More Like Jesus (Passion) (click here).