Our current stay at home order has inspired people to come up with new ways to connect with friends and family outside their home. Those with children have faced new challenges as our “way too busy” youth now have no organized activities. Some of the posts on social media are hilarious as parents and youth express some of their frustrations with our current situation. Many facing these challenges feel like a home away from home might be a nice option now.
We were created with an inner desire to be home and even when we go on fun vacations, it is always good to come back home. The Bible explains that our love of home is based on the desire of our heart to be home with God. In Hebrews 13: 14 (NLT) we read, “For this world is not our home; we are looking forward to our everlasting home in heaven.” Many of our earthly homes are pretty good reflections of our heavenly home, but some are far from it. We find our true home in Jesus.
Jesus has given us many wonderful gifts that we discover in our earthly tent (body, mind, and soul) as we follow him and get to know him. We find and open these gifts by faith. One of the most amazing gifts is found in John 14:23 where we read, “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.” We have a deep desire to be home with God in heaven, but for now, God has come to us and made his home in each believer.We don’t have to go anywhere to meet with God. God dwells in our hearts through faith. Ephesians 3:17-19, “So that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; and that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ which surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled up to all the fullness of God.”
Our part is to love God and try to obey his teaching. Then God takes the initiative and comes to us and allows us to experience his perfect love while filling us to all the fullness of God. We can be home with God right now, even during the crisis we are facing. Just find that place inside where God has made his home with you and spend some quality time with God the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Fix your eyes on Jesus and like the hymn says, “Look full in his wonderful face, and the things of earth will grow strangely dim, in the light of his glory and grace.”