House or Home?
I love home renovation shows. It’s fun to see an out-of-date house stripped to its studs and built back up with shiny new appliances, modern furniture, and fresh paint. I love to watch with my husband so we can take notes on designs and styles we would want to include in our future home.
There is a saying often used on these home improvement shows, and I’ve found it rings so true — a house is made of up of the four walls surrounding you, but a home is made up of the people and love found inside.
Scripture tells us that our body is a temple (1 Corinthians 6:19). When we allow Jesus into our hearts, we are providing Him a dwelling place, a place to reside. Essentially, we are His house. Our hearts are the four walls (two ventricles?) in which Christ has chosen to live. Will it stay a house, or are we taking the time to make it a home?
Imagine Christ is coming to your house for a visit. As any good daughter of an Italian mother and grandmother, the first thing I would decide is what I would be feeding Him (obviously), but my very next move would be to clean. I need to make sure the carpet is vacuumed, the dishes are washed, the tables are dusted, my belongings are put away. I can’t let Jesus see the messes I tend to make. I want Him to feel comfortable so He’ll stay for a while and want to come back.
How comfortable is Jesus in our hearts today? Have we taken the time to dust away the doubt? Put away the hate? Wash away the stubbornness? Can he find the joy, forgiveness, faith we have stored there? Is there enough love in our hearts to make Jesus feel at home?
Just like our physical houses, our hearts sometimes need a good cleaning. We need to be aware of its condition and then make sure we are feeding the good while cleaning out the bad. After all, it is Jesus’ home and, if we let Him, He’d love to plant roots and stay awhile.
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