The popular idiom, “Home is where the heart is,” was coined by Roman philosopher Gaius Plinius Secundus. One need not stretch his or her imagination in an effort to conclude the gist or meaning of this phrase; it’s pretty straightforward. The people and or environment you long to surround yourself with most are usually located at the place you reside—your home. Therefore, it would be safe to say that your heart cherishes and values all which comprises the home (family, etc.) so much so that, no matter where travels may take you, a yearning to be back home is always prevalent. Our God, who is infinite and omnipresent, does not require a space or structure to call home. However, the Lord Jesus desires and yearns to reside within our hearts. The Psalmist proclaims “Lord, I love the house where you live, the place where your glory dwells” (Psalm 26:8). In this verse David is referring to the Tabernacle—where the Ark of the Covenant was located. But, as we have come to learn and understand, the Spirit of the Lord not only dwells within structures, He also seeks to make our hearts His home. This is the reason why directly after we confess our sins and repent, we invite the Holy Spirit to enter our hearts and minds so that we may be transformed from a temple (vessel) void of God to one in which He now resides. Have you made your heart available as a place the Lord can call home? When we take inventory of ourselves, will we find hearts filled with contempt, bitterness, despair, and hate? Or will we find “love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control”? (Galatians 5:22-23). So, if home is where the heart is, then our hearts should be where the Lord’s home is. Having our hearts as a dwelling place for God’s Spirit and Word facilitates the mighty and miraculous work the Holy Spirit conducts in our lives. “Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee” (Psalm 119:11). I’m sure most of us, more than likely, would not want to go somewhere to which we were not invited. In this sense the Lord feels the same. As He desires to make our hearts His home, we must invite Him in with wide open, welcoming arms! Let us remind ourselves every day to ask God to make our hearts His home.
Pastor John Bailey