Discovering Your Identity in Christ – A Study in Ephesians – Part 7
Invite Jesus into Your Heart – Hotel or Homes
“22 And in him you too are being built together to become a dwelling in which God lives by his Spirit.” Ephesians 2:22 NIV
In Christianity today, there is a very strong compelling drive to have people “invite Jesus into their lives.”
This is the one passage in the New Testament… in the Bible really… where this is true.
What about John 14? In John 14, Jesus talks about preparing a place for His followers.
The most commonly used passage to use about “opening the door of your heart” is in Revelation 3:20. That surely supports the idea of inviting Jesus into your heart right? Not if you take a look at the passage. In Revelation 3, Jesus is speaking to the churches and when He talks about knocking on the door, He is speaking about the door of the church, wanting to come in.
But Ephesians 2:22 we see it. We see Paul talking about God’s people becoming a dwelling place in which God lives.
- • Are you a hotel for God?
We often live our lives as if God we want God to visit our lives like a hotel. In a hotel, they attempt to give you the best image of the place – because you aren’t staying very long anyways. When you visit a hotel, you don’t change things. No one comes to a hotel and rearranges the furniture. No one visits a hotel and changes the carpet, paints the wall, or landscapes the yard. When you visit a hotel, you simply visit for a short time and them leave when your time is done.
God doesn’t want to visit your life like a hotel. He wants your life to be a dwelling place.
- • Are you a home (or dwelling place) of God?
If He dwells in you, your life becomes His home.
What do you do when you move into a home? You fix it up. You move the furniture to your liking. You fix the lights, windows, and appliances. You landscape the yard. You personalize the home. You make it your own.
When Jesus enters your life, He wants to make it His home. He wants to personalize your life. He wants your life a place where He is comfortable residing.
Jesus wants to dwell in the living room – He wants access to your free time activities and fun times.
Jesus wants to dwell in the kitchen – He wants to dine with you and spend quality time with you.
Jesus wants to dwell in the bedroom
Jesus wants to dwell in the closet – He doesn’t want any part of you hidden from Him.
When you dwell in a house, you want free reign in the house. If you dwell in a house, you don’t want to have a few rooms that are “off limits.” You want to have the home be fully yours. You want free access to all parts. Jesus wants all access to your life, all access in your heart, and all access in your mind. Don’t compartmentalize. Don’t separate the rooms. If our heart is the dwelling place of God, He should be given free access to ALL parts.
A beautiful thing about Jesus is that He will not force Himself into a heart. He doesn’t barge His way in where He is not welcome. He is a gentleman who allows us to respond. Some allow Him to enter in. Some surrender their lives fully to Jesus. Some deny Him. Some resist Him because they want to call their own shots. ALL make a decision.
Take my life Lord. I lay me down. Reside in my heart, in my head, and in my hands. May I be full surrendered to Your will. In Jesus’ name amen.