“One thing I have asked from the Lord,
that I shall seek:
That I may dwell in the house of the Lord
all the days of my life,
To behold the beauty of the Lord
And to meditate in His temple.”
Psalm 27:4 (NASB)
There’s something very personal about being invited into someone’s home.
You can know a colleague through activities or work or school for years but never get past surface issues or general conversation. When you step into their home, however, you step into their personal space. Home is where we rest and eat, where we plan and live. It’s the diving board from which we start each day. Whether messy or immaculate, full of trinkets or sparse, a castle or hovel, home represents the inner self. It reveals much of our soul’s unseen reality.
It’s also worth noting:
There’s a difference between being invited into the formal dining room or to a party out on the patio and hanging out in the kitchen or family room. An invitation into private living areas is an invitation to a deeper, more vulnerable relationship.
Let’s look at how this parallels our spiritual life.
While attending DIVE Creative worship school last year, I was given an assignment to decorate the cover of a journal. As the Holy Spirit led my creativity, an invitation to go deeper into His presence unfolded before me.
He was calling me closer, again. To places in Him I had yet to experience.
The following months overflowed with surprise adventures and challenges; with new perspective and freedom revealed. Truths I thought I knew grew more clear as new depths of understanding came, emphasizing again the overwhelming, boundless wisdom of our Creator. Although the Holy Spirit is always with you, He desires for you, as a son or daughter, to see something of the Father and Son not visible to the casual observer. He longs to lead you into the realm in which the Father and Son live. Into their dwelling place.
This may seem like a fuzzy line, an unimportant distinction: God being with me vs. me being with Him. Yet God established the difference all through the Bible.
- The nation of Israel followed a cloud by day and a pillar of fire by night, but only Moses ascended the mountain to meet with God, returning covered in His glory.
- Jesus taught the crowds, performed many miracles, and revealed the Father’s love to the rejected, but often slipped away to be alone with His Father.
- Martha worked at pleasing Jesus, but He commended Mary for choosing to sit at His feet.
Jesus fashioned, designed, and intended for us to live in an intimate relationship with Him, making the way open through the cross.
“The glory which You have given Me I have given to them, that they may be one, just as We are one; I in them and You in Me, that they may be perfected in unity, so that the world may know that You sent Me, and loved them, even as You have loved Me.
“Father, I desire that they also, whom You have given Me, be with Me where I am, so that they may see My glory which You have given Me, for You loved Me before the foundation of the world.” John 17:22-24 NASB
Jesus made a way for us to enter heavenly places as sons and daughters of God.
“But God, being rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in our transgressions, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), and raised us up with Him, and seated us with Him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus…” Ephesians 2:4-6 NASB (emphasis mine)
In Christ we are seated in heavenly places, but how often are we conscious of it? How often do we focus on the world around us instead, wishing and praying for God to come down and meet us here? As a Creator who pursues relationship, He comes to those who call. He pours Himself out in our day and in our circumstances.
But He really longs for us to explore the home He has given us in Himself – in heavenly places.
He wants us to rule and reign with Him from that place; to be in relationship in that place; to let Him fill us with His wonders and glory, His truth and wisdom and beauty that we may reveal Him to the earth. How can you know if you’re meeting with God in His home?
- In your quiet times, are you responding to His invitation to come closer or did you ask Him to come close to you?
- Do you point out what you want or need, or let Him lead and show you what’s on His heart?
- Are you more concerned about the circumstances changing or sitting at His feet?
- Are you beginning to see yourself, God, other people, and circumstances from His perspective?
- Are you willing to be still and be changed?
Someday, when time is done and eternity before us, we will know our God fully and live in His very presence. Until then He has opened the way to know Him more each day — as a child, a friend, and bride-to-be.
Come. Enter in. He’s calling your name…
“How lovely is your dwelling place, LORD Almighty! My soul yearns, even faints, for the courts of the LORD; my heart and my flesh cry out for the living God. Even the sparrow has found a home, and the swallow a nest for herself, where she may have her young— a place near your altar, LORD Almighty, my King and my God.
Blessed are those who dwell in your house; they are ever praising you.” Psalm 84:1-4 NIV