We're His Resting Place!
When discussing Ephesians 3:16, 17 (the verses below), Dr. Roger Hahn illustrated what it means for God to dwell in our hearts using the following incident. When he and his wife Dorothy pastored in Florida, Dorothy told some overnight guests, "Make yourselves at home."
The next morning when the Hahns entered the living room, one of their guests was up and sitting comfortably with his feet on the coffee table.
The guest's wife said, "Oh, honey, don't put your feet there," to which he replied, "Dorothy said for me to make myself at home."
"That is what it means for Christ to dwell in us," Dr. Hahn said. "He is free to come in and be at home in us."
If God is at home within us, He is free to do what He wants. He may want to write someone an encouraging note or to give someone a hug or to send a check to a single mom. He may want to give us a spirit of prayer while we are driving to work. If He is at home within us, we respond to His inner promptings to love rather than criticize, to forgive rather than remember a wrong.
To be in us was His passion--He longed for us to be His resting place. Consider the significance of Jesus' final words in His last recorded prayer on earth: "That I myself may be in them" (John 17:26).
Dear Jesus, I long for You to be at home within me no matter what comes my way today.
"I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in their hearts through faith" (Ephesians 3:16, 17 NIV).