Saturday, October 19, 2013
A small booklet entitled “My Heart, Christ’s Home” proclaims in vivid fashion how the Lord Jesus Christ dwells in the hearts of those who place their faith in Him.
The Bible says, “Christ dwells in our hearts through faith.”
Because He lives in our hearts, He has access to our motives and intentions.
He is aware of the contents stored in our thoughts and desires. He is our Lord and has authority over what is kept in his home and what is to be expelled.
He isn’t restricted to the living room or basement. Desiring to give fresh and abundant life, He roams the whole house, all the way from cellar to the attic. No space is off-limits.
He is all-knowing, so there is nothing we can sweep under the carpet in an attempt to hide it from Him. He is all powerful. There are no locks that can keep Him out of storage cabinets filled with bitterness, rage, jealousy, or selfish desires.
He is all present. The Bible speaks of him “entering the room, the door being shut.” Every hidden compartment is open to Him.
Accumulating in our hearts those things that grieve Him lead to a depressed and defeated life. Opening every room to His love, forgiveness and mercy brings life, joy, and power.
We open our heart to Him when we admit our sins to Him in full honesty. Because we have grieved Him, we turn from our sins through the power He gives us from the Holy Spirit. We ask Him to fill us with the beautiful content of his Word.
A young couple was walking by a mansion that was glowing with warm light.
The young man said in awe, “It’s beautiful.”
The young lady replied, “Yes, but one night it was even more beautiful. Its light could be seen from miles away. It was occupied by royal guests!”
We are occupied by a royal guest, the King of Kings, Jesus Christ the Lord. His light within us is beautiful, inextinguishable and eternal.
We give ourselves to Him in faith. We turn away from our sins, believing He died for our sins and is raised from the dead.
We are His temple, His home, His eternal delight.
The Rev. Greg Brownell is pastor of Dayton United Brethren Church. Pastors in the U-B circulation area who want to write a column should contact Catherine Hicks at 509-526-8312, or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.