April / May 2018 - Vol. 97
Let Christ and his Word Make
their Home in You
“Make your home in me, as I make mine in you” – John 15:4
by Jeanne Kun
our abiding place
To feel “at home” is to be at ease, on familiar ground. Home: our abiding place. And so the idea of going home is usually a welcome one; with fondness and anticipation we make that trip. The statement, “you can’t go home again” has a sharp poignancy about it.
With a realization of these many aspects of home, it becomes significant that Jesus extends this particular invitation to us: “Abide in me!” (John 15:4), or, actually using our image, the Jerusalem Bible reads, “Make your home in me.”
Lord Jesus is our dwelling place
As we grow into a deep, intimate relationship with Jesus, we find ourselves more and more at ease and on familiar ground in his presence. As with our home, “where our treasure is, there too will be our hearts” (Luke 12:34). And we look forward to finally arriving at our “homeland” in heaven (Philippians 3:20).
What a rich comparison there is in seeing Jesus as our home. Even our most appealing notions or most pleasant experiences of our earthly homes pale in the light of Jesus as our true and lasting abiding place. A wealth of insight lies before us in this concept for our prayer and reflection.
your home in me”
How can we respond
to such a request? And such an offer! What can we do
to make more of a place for Jesus to enter into our
lives? Perhaps the most concrete action we can take is
to embrace the Word who dwells among us – to get to
know the Word made flesh by getting to know the spoken
and written word of God in Scripture.
the message of Christ find a home with you
One doesn’t build a house or home overnight. Nor has Scripture instantly become my own. It has only been with daily patience, daily discipline, daily prayer for insight into the word of God, over years and years, that this familiarity has been growing, that the word of God is truly finding a home in me. And there have been many days of being hard put to find the time to read Scripture; or while having the time, no desire has risen in me for this reading. But little by little, gradually but steadily, Scripture has pervaded my life, has taken a hold of me, and is finding that place in me that God desires and yearns for. It is being written on my heart.
a worthy home for the Word of God
Israelites to prize his word, Yahweh said,
May you, too, write
the word of God on the doorpost of your house. As you
make your home in Christ, may you also make a worthy
home for his word in your heart.
Jeanne Kun is a noted author, a founding member of Bethany Association, and a senior woman leader in the Word of Life Community, Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA. This article originally appeared in God’s Word Today, May 1991. Used by permission of the author.