When Jesus Moves In

When we move into a new house, we begin changing and rearranging the interior to suit our taste. When we put our mark on it, the house becomes a home. In the same way, when we accept Jesus and He moves in we begin a transformation from the inside out. When He’s living in us, eventually the world will see God through us.

Jesus setting up housekeeping in our hearts is like the perfect homeowner who moves into a run-down, decrepit old house that’s never been taken care of, and cleans it from top to bottom. He shines it up, repairs the broken parts, and makes it beautiful. When Jesus arrives on the scene, people see His grace and truth. “The Word became flesh and blood, and moved into the neighborhood. We saw the glory with our own eyes, the one-of-a-kind glory, like Father, like Son, Generous inside and out, true from start to finish” (John 1:14, MSG).

God doesn’t let deplorable living conditions stop Him from moving in. We are His temple, and He sent His Son, Who is Love and Grace in human form, to renew our hearts and minds. Jesus had been waiting since before time began to start working on the renovations “In the beginning [before all time] was the Word (Christ), and the Word was with God, and the Word was God Himself” (John 1:1, AMP).

Many people in the world have become accustomed to what they see—sickness, death, hopelessness, and bondage to sin. They are accustomed to worldly issues the same way a prisoner becomes accustomed to chains and prison cells. But Jesus breaks the chains and sets us free. During His earthly ministry He raised the dead (John 11:4; Mark 5:35-43) and forgave sins (John 4:11). What Jesus did was for the glory of the Father, and He’s still working miracles today.

The underlying message is that we can’t rely on what we see, but we should rely on what He says. The message from the world is sin and death, but the message from God is life, truth, and grace. It’s the same message John the Baptist spoke about (John 1:15-17). Jesus overcame the world, but the world doesn’t understand the message He brings.

Jesus didn’t judge anyone, and like Him, we should avoid being judgmental or self-righteous (Matthew 7:1-5, NIV). To avoid being hypocritical, we should examine ourselves first instead of focusing on the faults and shortcomings of others. Jesus was frequently found teaching in the midst of people, so when we put Him in the center of all we say and do, the truth will be revealed.

Jesus wants to live in us the same way He lives in the Father and the Father lives in Him. When He was praying in the garden, His intercessory prayer was that all people would experience the same wholeness and unity that He enjoyed through the Father’s love. (John 17:20-23). There are no prerequisites for receiving God’s love. Jesus is willing to accept us just as we are.

As with any house, a solidly planted cornerstone lends strength to the foundation, and God is the Master Builder. We can thank Him for sending us Grace (1 Corinthians 1:4), and we can honor Him by living according to His teachings. Letting Grace move in and take up permanent residence in our hearts keeps our focus on the things above (Colossians 3:1-4).

– Taffi Dollar