Advent Day 9, The Gift of Jesus dwelling in our heart

December 9

The Gift of Jesus dwelling in our hearts

 

We all know the difference between a house and a home.  A house is merely a place to live.  It becomes a home when those who live in the house add love.  It doesn’t have anything to do with the things we hang on the wall, the furniture in the family room or soft lighting in the living room.  The proverb says “Home is where the heart is.”

Today we receive a two-fold gift, found in Ephesians 3:16-17 (NCV): “I ask the Father in his great glory to give you the power to be strong inwardly through his Spirit. I pray that Christ will live in your hearts by faith and that your life will be strong in love and be built on love.”

Paul prays for the Church here, that we may be strengthened by the Holy Spirit so that Christ may dwell in our hearts.  The Greek word he uses for “dwell” means to “always be present.”  Is there a greater gift to receive than this?  Christ…  Living in our hearts…  in our life… built on love… strengthened by the Holy Spirit.. always present.

God can and does give us many, many things… every spiritual blessing, remember the first gift in this Advent study?   John Eadie, a Scottish theologian from the mid 1800’s suggests that God is not being frugal here.  “His bounty proclaims His conscious possession of immeasurable resources. He bestows according to the riches of His glory—His own infinite fullness.” [1]

God gives us His all… and His all is to be strengthened by the Holy Spirit so that Christ may dwell in our hearts.   Revelation 21:3 says that no longer does God dwell in a building that man has made such as the Tabernacle that Moses set up in the desert and moved from place to place.  No… “And I heard a loud voice from the throne, saying, “Behold, the tabernacle of God is among men, and He will dwell among them, and they shall be His people, and God Himself will be among them.”  Jesus is the New Tabernacle!  And He dwells within us! 

And in John 15, Jesus stresses the benefit of abiding with him…  verse 5: “I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.”

 As God’s children, we are given ALL.  The Greatest Gifts.  And that is represented in today’s gift, Jesus living in our heart.

Father God, thank you that you no longer live or dwell in man-made buildings or temples, but that Jesus lives in our heart.  Make my heart a loving place where He is glorified.  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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