3/20: Welcome to My Home

 

The places where we live are very important to us. In fact, we even recognize a distinction between a house and a home. A house is just someplace we live; a home is someplace we have made our own. No matter how large or small, if the abode has become a home, it has taken on our personality. If we want to welcome someone into our life, we welcome them into our home. If people feel comfortable with us, they are comfortable in our home. Our homes are sanctuaries, recharging stations, our own little kingdoms.

With that in mind, it’s a magnanimous gesture of offered friendship when others invite us to their home. In a nutshell they are saying, “I am opening myself up to you and am asking you to enter into a private part of my life. Let’s be friends.” For someone to reject or misread that gesture is to reject and misread the very essence of who we are. Their rebuff speaks as loudly as the verbal response, “I neither want to get to know you nor be your friend.” Worse yet, they enter our home, and despite our best effort to make them feel comfortable, they leave still feeling put upon to have been invited in the first place. What a snub and a slap in the face!

I imagine that’s how God feels when we aren’t glad about wanting to be in His house. Oh, and I’m not just talking about the church-house either. God’s word says, “But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you” Matthew 6:33 (NKJ).

God wants us to seek His kingdom – the place where He lives. As the self-existent and omnipresent One, when we seek God’s kingdom, we are seeking Him for He abides both everywhere and within Himself. When God says that we are to seek His kingdom, He is saying, “Welcome to My house. Come over and be comfortable with Me.” When we enter God’s kingdom, His personality is revealed to us, and like any thoughtful host, we don’t leave without having been given something: a meal, a gift, or just a much-needed respite. The Scripture even tells us that if we go to His house – if we seek first His kingdom – all these things (our daily needs when you read the whole context) will be added to us.

So the next time we’re invited to someone’s home, realize the gesture of friendship that is being offered, and don’t forget that God invites us to join Him at His kingdom every day. In both cases, it would be foolish to snub the invitation.

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©2013 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.

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~ by sanewriter on March 20, 2013.

2 Responses to “3/20: Welcome to My Home”

  1. When we enter God’s kingdom, His personality is revealed to us, and like any thoughtful host, we don’t leave without having been given something: a meal, a gift, or just a much-needed respite.

      You been hanging around Lutherans a long time.   This sounds like Lutheran doctrine  We are offered Word, Sacrament and the forgiveness of sins…. a meal  and a gift     See you April 14 – 16 if not before.   Mary

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  2. Thank you Lord for the invite.

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