He Moves In

           Not long after one of my friends got married, she and her new husband moved into a lovely home in one of the classiest neighborhoods in our city. The streets are lined with great trees and each home is distinctively different. However, no sooner did she and her husband move in that she started making plans to remodel. She appreciated the house, but she wasn’t completely comfortable. First she redid a small bathroom, then she had the kitchen gutted and renovated. When she expressed plans to tear out a wall in the living room area, her husband said, “This isn’t the house for you.” They soon moved to another home already designed as she liked it to be.

          Jesus has said, “If anyone loves me, he will obey my teaching. My Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our home with him” John14:23(NIV). Think of that: Jesus and His Father actually take up residence in us! That’s an amazing concept, but as I pondered it, I began thinking that I suppose Jesus feels the same way when He moves in to live with us as my friend felt when she moved into that first house. It’s not that Jesus doesn’t appreciate His new digs in our heart; it’s just that there are a few things that need renovation in order for Him to be completely comfortable. He may start with something small and easy to manage like curbing our desire to spend so much time on the internet. Then he may move to revising our vocabulary by eradicating those curse words. His third project may be the slower renovation of our thought life or eating habits. Bit by bit, His goal is to remodel us into a place that is really made for Him.

          We’re okay with the small stuff, but when Jesus starts tearing down walls, we tend to get nervous. We kind like the walls we’ve built. In fact, we’ve wallpapered them and hung photos of our dearest relatives on them, forcing them to take part in maintaining our walls. It’s time for an attitude adjustment and a re-evaluation of our thinking process. Once Christ moves in, “your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your body” 1 Corinthians 6:19-20 (NIV).

           Know today that when Jesus moves in, He owns the place. The old landlord (that’s us) has no say in what the new Owner decides to do. Allow Him free reign with home improvement. (Hint: He’s God so He’s used to living in splendor!) Hands off and let God do an extreme makeover.

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©2011 Sharon Norris Elliott. Feel free to forward this devotion in its entirety, including this copyright line. Leave comments, ask questions, read past devotions, or subscribe to receive these devotions daily in your e-mail at www.sanewriter.wordpress.com. Also, periodically check in at www.LifeThatMatters.net to see what’s going on in the ministry.

 And pick up a copy of Sharon’s new book, Power Suit: The Armor of God Fit for the Feminine Frame, available at Christian bookstores, online, from New Hope Publishers, and from the Life That Matters Ministries’ website.

~ by sanewriter on December 9, 2011.

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