December 2015 / January 2016 - Vol. 83
Home: Our Abiding Place
by Jeanne Kun
is where the heart is
Home: our abiding place
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 is our shelter, refuge, and resting 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”
Earlier in his Gospel, John expressed the same idea this way: “The Word became flesh and dwelt among us” (John 1:14), or, more literally, “pitched his tent among us” – made his dwelling place in our midst.
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.
St. Paul gives us advice that is finely tuned to our analogy: “Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly” (Colossians 3:16). Again, the translation that the Jerusalem Bible offers strongly underlines the image: “Let the message of Christ, in all its richness, find a home with you.”
Scripture to heart
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
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.
Kun is 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.]
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