Former Church Elder and now staff at UFC, Robert Grimaud uses the metaphor of a home to describe Jesus’ place in our hearts. Reminding us that Jesus is not a guest in our homes but the Master. The sooner we are able to recognize his place in our hearts the better!
My Heart Christ’s Home – May Christ be at home in your heart!
We all have a house where we live, sleep, eat, have fun, do homework. Your heart is described as a place where Jesus has come to live when you come to trust him as your savior and Lord.
Ephesians 3:17 says that Christ may dwell in your heart by faith.
According to the Bible you were born not hatched and God created you, your body and your mind your heart. Psalm 139 says God knit you together in your mothers womb. You are wonderfully made. But it also tells us that our hearts are wicked, sinful and not right. We were made wonderfully by God but our hearts are corrupted, and we need a heart transformation. As we study the gospel we know that Jesus came to save us from our sin and to transform our hearts. We come to understand we are sinners and we need a savior. You need Jesus to save you from sin and death. He is able to do that because he died on the cross and paid the penalty for our sin. In John 1:12 it says “But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God”. Something amazing happens when you come to Jesus: Sins forgiven, eternal life; you are given a new life. Given a very special way to have a personal relationship with Jesus – the God of the Universe.
Paul’s prayer – Ephesians 3: 14-19
“14 For this reason I bow my knees before the Father, 15 from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named, 16 that according to the riches of his glory he may grant you to be strengthened with power through his Spirit in your inner being, 17 so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith—that you, being rooted and grounded in love, 18 may have strength to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, 19 and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.”
What is the passage saying?
One of the most remarkable Christian doctrines is that when you come to faith in Jesus Christ He Himself through the presence of the Holy Spirit will actually enter your heart, settle down and be at home there. Christ will make the human heart His abode. The heart does not refer to the physical organ but is always used figuratively in Scripture to refer to the seat and center of human life. The heart is the center of the personality, and it controls the intellect (mind), emotions (feelings), and will. The heart is the center of your spiritual life. We can pray to God in our minds because God is there.
In John 14:23, it says “If anyone loves me, he will keep my word, and my Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our home with him.”
It was difficult for them to understand what He was saying. How is it possible for Him to dwell in us and be at home in us. Paul is praying for the church – a prayer that we can repeat. God the father has created a family through Jesus Christ and his work on the cross. He has given us His Holy Spirit to live in us when we come to faith in Him
So that God lives in us and not out in the sky somewhere. Jesus takes up permanent residence in our hearts when we come to faith in Him.
“You, however, are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if in fact the Spirit of God dwells in you. Anyone who does not have the Spirit of Christ does not belong to him. 10 But if Christ is in you, although the body is dead because of sin, the Spirit is life because of righteousness. 11 If the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, he who raised Christ Jesus from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through his Spirit who dwells in you.”
Imagine with me – if Jesus actually walked up to you and told you that he wanted to come to your house and start living there?
What would that look like? Places in your heart just like there are places in your life. I’m sure we all would want to invite him in and make him feel at home. But that might get a little awkward. You don’t let just anyone in your bedroom. If I came over to your house and went into your bedroom what would I find?
BEDROOM – Your most personal room is your bedroom. What is on your walls, what are the posters, what’s on the floor and in your drawers? We might be embarrassed. What would he find there? Would you be proud or ashamed at what he found there? Is it neat or dirty? Would things be put away? Just like your bedroom in your house are there areas in your life that Jesus would not feel at home in? If you let Jesus take over that room in your house what would need to change. He hears the conversations we have when we are on the phone there. He sees what our life is cluttered with. The messes we have. Would we let him clean up our hearts and set things right?
DESK – Do you have a desk you work on? Do you have a computer, books, where you study, write, read, listen to music. If Jesus came and sat down with you at your desk – what would he find? What’s in your mind? When Jesus comes into your heart he has access to your thoughts. Motivations. Attitudes. Would he be at home with you in your mind? Would he have to reprogram your thinking? Put on some different music,
read some different books together. How about your time in the Bible just you and him. Thinking over what it says there. When Jesus comes into our hearts will you give him access to your mind?
Phil 4:8 And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise.
DINING ROOM – KITCHEN TABLE. Now if Christ is in your heart, what kind of food are you serving Him and what kind of food are you eating yourself? Are you living for the lust of the flesh and the pride of life selfishly? Or are you choosing God’s will for your meat and drink? What are you serving others that come to you. What words will you share?
LIVING ROOM/FAMILY ROOM – The living room is a comfortable place. You have your TV there. It would be a great place to meet up with Jesus with the TV off. Take some time to have fellowship with Jesus – develop your prayer life, conversation, your friendship. Imagine Jesus inviting you to meet up with him in the morning there. Start the day with Jesus. Take out the Word and let him teach you. Read it together and let him show you his promises and his commands. Sometimes we get inspired and we are on track and then we let it fade out. Has this happened to you? Maybe it’s not just what you get out of it. Maybe he would like to meet with you. Maybe he would enjoy the fellowship if you would make the time to meet with him! Jesus wants you to know Him – to know His love and Peace and Joy. His power and promises. But we only get there if we spend time with him – right where we live. He has come into our hearts for that very purpose.
CLOSET – Do you have anything you are trying to hide from your parents in there? What if Jesus came into your room and smelled something in your closet. There was an odor in there. Something that was ugly. Would you go into your closet and clean things out? There are some dead things in our life he wants to take out. If Jesus has come into your heart then he wants access to everything, all the time. He is not just a guest that comes in for a visit. He is the owner of the house. The master of our lives. We need to give him access to everything – no holding back. He will do it because he is the one with the strength and wisdom to do it. Give him access to those places in your life for him to clean out. It might be painful – but he loves you.
Jesus never comes into your house as just a guest.
He comes in as Lord and Master.
The sooner you recognize his place the better.
We can’t save ourselves and we can’t live a life pleasing to Jesus in our strength and power either. We need Jesus. That is exactly why he came to dwell and be at home in our hearts. We need the power and the change to happen in the inside of us.
As He works things out by his strength and through his spirit in our inner self.
So I invite you today to give Jesus full access to your heart, your thoughts, your will, your dreams. Let him fill your life with his love and peace and joy. Surrender to him. Repent from what is sinful and let him fill your hearts with forgiveness and love. Romans 5:5 says Jesus poured out His love into our hearts. That’s why he came into stay and govern our hearts. We can’t do it but he can. It’s the only way to live the Christian life. You and I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. Galatians 2:20 “I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.”
May Jesus settle down and be at home in your heart as Lord of all your life.