In (part 3)

Examine yourselves, to see whether you are in the faith. Test yourselves. Or do you not realize this about yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you?—unless indeed you fail to meet the test! 2 Corinthians 13:5

Jesus Christ is in you. Paul, in his prayer for the Ephesians, prayed for them to know the depth of this great truth. I pray that from his glorious, unlimited resources he will empower you with inner strength through his Spirit. Then Christ will make his home in your hearts as you trust in him. Your roots will grow down into God’s love and keep you strong (Ephesians 3:16-17 NLT). Paul begins the second letter to the Corinthians by talking about the comfort that will come to them in Christ (1:3-7). The comfort is not that affliction will be removed, but that we can know the strength of Christ amid affliction—that we would have the strength to endure. In this world, we will have trouble (John 16:33) and it should not surprise us (1 Peter 4:12). Jesus Christ living in us means that we have the strength of God in us. This strength is there to empower us to live to the fullest in and for Christ. Paul prayed that the Ephesians would know what it meant for Christ to make his home in their hearts. Has Christ made his home in your heart? Use some biblical imagination and think about what it would be like to visit Jesus’ home. What do you think it may look like? What pictures would be hanging on the walls? What books would be on the shelves? What would he be spending time doing each day in his home? What would be stashed away in the corners and crevices? As you imagine that, now imagine that he has come and made his home in your heart. What has he moved into? We each have places in our hearts (the core of who we are) that are not all that pretty and certainly are not what we would expect to be in Jesus’ home. He is ready and able to help us remodel our hearts. He is ready to do a deep cleaning—initially and ongoing. In fact, we cannot do it alone. We need his strength to rid our hearts of the evil masters that had it before he moved in (Jeremiah 17:9). After the cleansing, we must allow Jesus to take full residence—to fill our hearts with his presence. Jesus is in you. In your inmost being. In your heart. How are you allowing him to make it his home?