If we tell our guests to make themselves at home, what does that mean? Does it mean we expect them to raid the fridge? To rearrange the furniture as it suits them? To invite their own friends in?
Well, maybe not. But then what does it mean for Christ to make himself at home in our hearts (Ephesians 3:17)? If we truly turn over the keys to him, here are some things that might happen:
–If something needs fixing, he’ll do it.
–He can help himself to whatever I have.
–He sets his own schedule of when he wants to do what.
–He can bring his friends in to visit anytime.
–He can play my piano/music—His new tunes and beautiful lyrics.
–He can get rid of the mess & clutter.
–He will do some much-needed rearranging (priorities)
–He will redecorate, changing out some of the pictures on the wall, etc.
–He will discourage unsavory visitors / intruders (e.g. bad attitudes)
–He will delight me with his presence, his love, his wisdom, his stories.
–He will invite me to join in his activities.
Am I ready for this? Are you? What’s the alternative?
Yesterday as my flight landed, the pilot’s voice came over the PA system saying, “Thank you for flying [name of airline], your home in the sky.”
Wait a minute! I might be flying a lot this month, but my home in the sky isn’t an airplane!
For this world is not our permanent home; we are looking forward to a home yet to come. (Hebrews 13:14 NLT)
When I leave or enter a country, I have to fill out forms that list my country of birth, citizenship and my addresses “at home” and “abroad”—whatever that means! The country of my residence isn’t the same as that of my passport, and that’s different yet from my real citizenship, which is in heaven. What a comfort that is as this world is in the process of falling apart!
I am reminded of a song sung by Evie Tornquist back in the 70’s which is sounding more and more like what we see on the news. You can listen to at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EQQB26XbWsI:
When the armies of the world have stopped their war
And the game of politics has run its course
No one is around to be a nuclear force
When all is said and done, Christ is Lord
Christ is Lord, He is Lord forevermore
Speak his name and worship him alone
Join the team that is guided from his throne
For when all is said and done, Christ is Lord
In a very special time and point of history
A man was nailed to Calvary’s tree
He forever changed the course of mankind’s destiny
The Son of God died to set men free
So when the mighty US dollar lost its strength
And it doesn’t pay to trust in francs or yen
Not one banker tries to tell you he’s your friend
Yes, when all is done, Christ is Lord
When your days are done and you must travel on
To the unknown land where you have never gone
Leaving just a tombstone in the setting sun
Yes, when you are finally gone, Christ is Lord!
Two metaphors come together in Ephesians 3:17 in an interesting way.
Then Christ will make his home in your hearts as you trust in him. Your roots will grow down into God’s love and keep you strong. (NLT)
First, try to picture Christ “making his home in your heart.” Think of him coming in (without knocking, of course), kicking off his shoes, raiding the fridge for a snack, and making himself comfortable in your favorite chair. Does this idea make me gasp with horror or with delight? Does He find me running to meet him with my arms open wide or scrambling to hide the stuff he shouldn’t see? I think I would do the former; I can hardly wait to see Him! But when He makes Himself at home, He will call the shots. Am I really ready for that? (A great resource for exploring this whole idea is My Heart Christ’s Home by Robert Boyd Munger.)
Second, picture your “roots growing down into God’s love.” Now the situation reverses and we’re the one entering into Christ! I am stable, strong and secure in God’s limitless love.
Lord, please remind me of this when I am again tempted to feel rootless and homeless. You are in me and I am in You