Grimy Smudges & Glorious Reality

Music from the Heart: My Heart Your Home by Watermark

“Live in me. Make your home in me just as I do in you.”    -John 15:4 (The Message)

The words of Jesus are are simple, profound, and life-altering. They challenge everything we think we know, and the truth we find in them sets us free from everything that would keep us outside the place He has designed for us to inhabit: a place in Him.

These words are no exception. Jesus Himself has invited us to live in Him – to move in, settle in and make ourselves at home there. We, in all our fumbling, stumbling, bumbling imperfection, have been extended a personal invitation from the King of Glory to come and dwell not only with Him, but IN HIM. He’s not worried about us leaving our dirty fingerprints on the walls or grimy smudges on everything we touch. He welcomes it.

He invites us to this place because He loves us. We accept the invitation because we know that no grander opportunity can ever be presented to us – to be welcomed into the heart and home of God Himself as one of His own. He cleans us up, dresses us in fine clothes, gives us His name, and shares with us all that He is and all that He has, holding nothing back.

No more wandering through the dark streets of this life aimless, hopeless, lost and alone. We have been adopted into His family. We have been found and given a home and a hope. We have become the picture of restoration. The Creator of all things has reconciled us to Himself, calling us His own.

If you don’t do anything else today, wrap your heart around this glorious reality – you belong to Him and in Him. He belongs to you and in you. Home just took on a whole new meaning.

“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; 
the old has gone, the new has come! 
All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ 
and gave us the ministry of reconciliation …”
2 Corinthians 5:17-18
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