When we first bought our home, we were so excited. But early on, we saw things we wanted to do to make it “Our Own”! Still, after we added a “super quiet garage door”, a beautiful fence, a little paint, and some crown molding, we still have some plans!
In the same way, when we invite Jesus into our lives, we are allowing him to move in and make changes wherever he sees a need. He now has the keys. He is the Owner of this home. All other “straggling” occupants must leave. He should be allowed to live in us and through us.
Now I have built a glorious Temple for You (God), a place where you can live forever!1Kings 8:13
You might think, we are flesh and blood, but a temple is a building. True, but God never wanted to be confined to a physical structure, alone. He want His Presence to be “transportable”. At first, this was the design of the Ark of the covenant.
Arise, O LORD, to Your resting place, You and the “ark” of Your strength. Psalm 132:8
God has always wanted to dwell or live as close to man as possible. In the garden, He walked with man, but even though this was as close as a friend could get, man still distanced himself (actually ran away from God), especially after disobeying God’s command. (Gen 3:1-24) God decided that man needed to be given a “choice” to want a relationship with him, but that if man chose to serve Him, it would be more personal than a “neighbor to neighbor” relationship. He wanted a more intimate relationship. He wanted to live within man. It is in our pursuing and expressing our need for Him, He is allowed (by our free will) to come inside.
But from there you will search again for the Lord your God. And if you search for him with all your heart and soul, you will find him. Deut 4:29
Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul. Love him with all your strength. Deut. 6:5
After Christ paid the price for our sin, we were made new and ready for occupancy. Finally, God could come closer than just “living next door!” He didn’t have to be a guest in our physical home, but He could have a place in our heart! He could stay within us and we could transport His presence within us.
Don’t you know that you are God’s house? The Spirit of God lives inside of you. 1 Cor 3:16
In order for Him to dwell in us, we have to want Him, too. Our desire for Him is sometimes confused as a “desire” for earthly things, relationships, or personal fulfillment, but more times than we know, this “wanting” is for God!
In our finite man, we seek to satisfy our longing with temporary means, yet we are frustrated with the temporary. ~Julie Coggins
If we shopped in a certain store, and yet they were always out of the essentials. You could never find milk, eggs, bread, or cereal. I think eventually you would find another place to shop. God’s presence is essential to our satisfaction!
You will make clear to me the way of life; where you are joy is complete; in your right hand there are pleasures for ever and ever. Psalm 16:11
So now that we have the opportunity for God to move in, after we invite Jesus to move in, we will start seeing areas change within us. We will be more satisfied with His presence, than with the things that we used to let dwell in our minds and the “tenants” we allowed to occupy “our home”. He desires to make us fully “His”, but we must pursue and seek “Him” and let Him fill our lives.
“Our pursuit of God is successful just because He is forever seeking to manifest Himself to us”. A.W. Tozer
As He fills our lives, not only will we be satisfied, but others will see Him in us!