Did you know that from the very beginning God has been looking for a place where He can be at home–a place of rest?
To be “at home” means you can let your hair down, kick off your shoes, flop down on the couch, lay anywhere you want, raid the refrigerator anytime you feel like it. It’s when you can relax and be yourself without fear of rejection or judgment.
Conversely, when we don’t feel at home we’re always on edge. We’re careful about what we say, how to act, what we should ask for…and, hopefully, not wearing out our welcome.
We can’t be ourselves.
But here’s my question: can God be Himself with you?
For not only should we be “at home” with God, but He so wants to be at home with us.
This is what God has wanted and longed for all along. Here’s what the prophet Isaiah said about it:
“Thus says the Lord:
“Heaven is My throne,
And earth is My footstool.
Where is the house that you will build Me?
And where is the place of My rest?” (Isa.66:1 NKJV)
What’s interesting is that Stephen quotes this passage in his discourse with the religious crowd of his day (Acts 7:48-50). For this was the high-water mark of New Testament revelation–that God finally found a home…not in buildings…but in us.
I talked more about this in “Thoughts about the family of God.”
Paul said that his ministry was to help us see this “fellowship of the mystery” (Eph.3:9).
Do you understand this secret plan of God?
That He could be at home with us where He could freely express Himself.
“God’s ultimate desire, His highest passion, is to have a house on the earth through which He can express Himself. His eternal purpose is to have a group of believers who will be richly integrated together to be the Lord’s house in the cities in which they live.”
As Viola points out in the book, God was basically homeless before Jesus. He could only visit His people, but He had no home…until the Word became flesh.
This world Jesus entered into was an orphan world.
And orphans don’t have a home.
Jesus was never an orphan. He was incarnated as a Son. He lived, as a Man, at home in His Father’s house by the Spirit. It says that the “fullness of the Godhead” dwelled in Jesus. He said that His Father was in Him, and He was in the Father (John 14:10-11; Col.2:9).
But Jesus already had all this from eternity. This isn’t why He came. No, He came to show us the way to the Father (John 14:6)–to live at home in Him like He lived at home with Him.
For He sent His Spirit so we would no longer be orphans (John 14:18).
Again, so that we would be at home with the Godhead exactly as Jesus was at home in the Father, in human flesh.
This was Jesus’ ultimate prayer. In fact, this is the unity of the Spirit–the goal of our “growing up into Christ” (Eph.4:3. 13-15).
“that they all may be one, as You, Father, are in Me, and I in You; that they also may be one in Us, that the world may believe that You sent Me (John 17:21)
Beloved, this New Covenant we have entered into is about us being filled the SAME way Jesus was filled. This is what Paul said…
“For in Him the whole fullness of Deity (the Godhead) continues to dwell in bodily form [giving complete expression of the divine nature].
10 And you are in Him, made full and having come to fullness of life [in Christ you too are filled with the Godhead—Father, Son and Holy Spirit—and reach full spiritual stature]. And He is the Head of all rule and authority [of every angelic principality and power].” (Col.2:9-10 AMP)
The Old Covenant was about visitation; the New Covenant is about habitation.
To quote Dan McCollum, “Jesus came so God could FORGIVE us, to FREE us, so that He could FILL us with everything that fills God! (Eph.3:19).
Finally, the writer of Hebrews says that there is a “rest” for the people of God (Heb.4:1). To be “at rest” means we’ve stopped striving for acceptance, competing, putting on our pretensions. It’s believing what God believes. It’s open honest vulnerability–being totally comfortable in your own skin…like being at home.
Beloved, this is the deepest possible life with God.
A life lived where we can be at home with Him, and He can be at home with us. Amen.