A Home for the Most High
When you were a kid, did you build forts? Maybe you had a treehouse or a playhouse that you enjoyed with friends. My friends and I played in the woods and positioned broken tree limbs to form “walls” for our house. What is it about a home-like structure that infatuates us as children?
While in college, I worked a summer camp job that gave me the opportunity to set up a small building for myself and campers. I loved decorating that space! To this day, I still thoroughly enjoy designing interior spaces. Fortunately, I live at the address where I employ creative design. Soon, however, our homestead location will change. Last spring we sold our house to friends and planned to build our new home on a lot we purchased nearby. Our stipulation for selling the house is that we would continue to live there and rent back from our friends while we build. It was a good plan.
Due to much delay in the building process, we are coming to terms with the fact that we will need to rent a home in the near future and allow the new owners to take residence. Does it make sense to you if I say I feel somewhat displaced? I’ve been through this type of transition before, and it truly is unsettling. I get fixed on quickly solving the need for a home, and can hardly give attention to anything else. But therein lies a problem: I had to give focus to another important matter. Our daughter was transitioning to a local college campus, and we were preparing her for move-in day.
There’s a reoccurring theme in all of this transition: a place to dwell.
God is speaking. He is teaching me, and, perhaps, you need to hear these words too. Home is where He is. When God is central to all we think, believe and do, He is perfectly at home in us. We experience a strong sense of home simply by residing in His peace; we hide ourselves in God’s shelter, enabling us to rest in His shadow (see Psalm 91:1). Currently, my personal circumstances scream, “You have no home!” But my Father says, “You are at home in Me; therefore, your address is secure. Rest.”
A repeated phrase in Scripture that has always grabbed my heart is God indicating a country, city, or structure as “a place for My name.” I readily identify with God’s intention to dwell somewhere; I want a place to call home. However, the Father’s purpose is higher than what I seek. God knows that man cannot build a structure to contain Him, but we can provide a place where He is preeminent above everything else… a place where God is honored as the Most High. That place is the human heart.
How about me? How about you? Are we places for God’s name? Is His nature on display in our lives? Is Jesus honored above all in what we think, believe, speak and do? God desires that we are part of the holy structure- the body of Christ- a place for His name.
Do you recall the instance in which Jesus said, “Foxes have holes and birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has no place to lay His head” (Matthew 8:20)? Although Jesus had no permanent address while He fulfilled God’s will for Himself in the earth, He still was very much at home as He remained in the center of God’s peace, walking obediently to the Father’s leading, step by step. He did, however, finally rest His head as he breathed His last breath, satisfying the Father’s plan of redemption of mankind. Jesus finished making payment for all sin through His suffering, crucifixion, and resurrection from death on the third day.
“Jesus said, ‘It is finished.’ With that, He bowed His head and gave up His spirit” (John 19:30).
Pastor Joseph Prince says, “Jesus now had a place to rest His head- saving us!” Friend, if you have believed upon the grace of God given to man through the salvation of Jesus Christ, you are home. No, you’re not deserving of the gift of love, acceptance, freedom, and eternal life. There is a due penalty for all of your offenses against God, a payment that you could never make. The removal of sin required the blood of one without sin. Jesus, the Son of God, is the pure sacrifice for sin, given to the world by the Father. His sacrifice was once and for all (See Hebrews 10:10).
The Word of God is replete with references to home and dwelling. God is speaking. He is teaching me, and He is showing you that everything we ever wanted- the sense of security- is found in Him. Welcome home, dear sojourner. He’s been waiting for you.
Welcome home, Holy God. My heart is your dwelling place. My life is a place for Your name.
“If anyone loves Me, he will obey my teaching. My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our home with him” (John 14:23).