What does home mean to you?
Does it mean:
- Living in a rent-free house?
- A comfort-zone?
- A building that is available to you for rest?
- A place of peace, where disturbances have no foothold?
- A love zone where you are always welcome and cared for?
In truth, many people do not find peace, comfort, and love in the houses they purchased with money. For some, their loved ones are no longer available, and the places are no longer the homes they used to be. So, though some of us have houses, we don’t have homes. I suppose that must be the reason why the rationale behind purchasing real estate is to be rent-free.
‘The dictionary defines home as the place where one lives permanently, especially as a member of a family or household.’
When I think about home, I think of the following scripture verses:
“Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” Matthew 11:28 NKJV
“He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High Shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.” Psalms 91:1 NKJV
I am following the Christian series, The Chosen, and they have succeeded in showing what Jesus came to do and how we have misunderstood him until now. Jesus came to transform us from the inside out. To show us the way back to the Father, all of us, not just a select few. He picked the weak, rejected, failures, hopeless, hungry, seeking, people like me to show how merciful and graceful our God is.
The Father calls to us daily. We are members of His household in Christ, the ones He created for Himself in love and with care. As a Father, God calls us to come to Him, to find rest, peace, and love. He calls us home to him every day, to carry His presence in our hearts all the time, so we can access our true home at any time of the day, regardless of what we are doing.
“But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name: who were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.” John 1:12-13
One would ask how this can be done?
“Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened. Or what man is there among you who, if his son asks for bread, will give him a stone? If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask Him!” Matthew 7:7-9,11
Jesus came to draw us back into the presence of the Father, where we are to live with Him, to make His presence our comfort zone, our love zone, a place where it is well with us no matter the situation or circumstance in which we find ourselves. It is a mountain nothing can topple or destroy, a refuge and shelter.
So, ask, seek, knock, and believe. It is home to you and I and all who call on the name of the Lord in truth. Imagine the son of the house asking someone else to make a request to his Father on his behalf. It shows a lack of trust and lack of hope in your own Father. Does He know about me or care? Understand or see? Will He hear and help? How heartbreaking our unbelief must be to God.
“But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.” Hebrews 11:6
There is only one home all our hearts know and yearn for. We look for it in people, systems, skills and abilities, and buildings, but all these never last. They disappear like smoke. Where do you look then? Look to your maker who put the yearning in you in the first place. Let Him teach you about Himself, so you can live out the reason for your life.
“For we who are in this tent groan, being burdened, not because we want to be unclothed, but further clothed, that mortality may be swallowed up by life. Now He who has prepared us for this very thing is God, who also has given us the Spirit as a guarantee.” II Corinthians 5:4-5
I am on this quest. Are you coming?