...may the Lord make you increase and abound in love for one another and for all... so that He may establish your hearts blameless in holiness before our God and Father...
—1 Thessalonians 3:12-13
You may have seen a sign like this mounted on the front door or window of a store or a restaurant. Newlyweds sometimes display similar signs within the walls of their homes as a sweet reminder of the specific year their home was established. When was your home established? Not your physical home–but your spiritual home. In other words, when did Jesus first dwell (make His permanent home) in your heart after you trusted in Christ and received His gift of salvation? THAT was the day your spiritual home was established. Jesus said, “Anyone who loves me will obey my teaching. My Father will love them, and we will come to them and make our home with them.” (John 14:23) Consider today the length of time that Christ has held residence in your heart. Think about when you first trusted in His unfailing love for you.
Scripture encourages us be “rooted and established” in the love of Christ. (Eph. 3:17) Do you still feel the same joy today that you did when your spiritual home was first established? Have you deeply planted your roots and grown in the knowledge of His love and in His Word since that day? Does Jesus reside in EVERY room of your spiritual house, or have you confined Him to the guest room, or to the basement, a closet, or even a junk drawer? Jesus desires to live permanently in every single place in our hearts, so it’s important for us to continually assess the condition of our spiritual homes and do some deep cleaning as needed in order to allow Christ to have His way and accomplish HIS will in our lives. If there is a room in our hearts that says “No Admittance” to Jesus, we are guilty of idolatry. We were bought with a price–His precious blood. The residence of our heart belongs to our Savior, and we dare not treat Christ as a guest if we have received His gift of salvation by grace through faith. He should reign in our hearts as our triumphant King, not as a tenant. He is our victorious Redeemer, not a renter. Do a little housecleaning and prepare Him room today, so that the fine establishment of your heart will be a beautiful dwelling for your Savior.
“Therefore, as you received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him, rooted and built up in Him and established in the faith…abounding in thanksgiving.” (Col. 2:6-8)