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Welcome Home // by Olivia Hall

By May 7, 2018All Posts

The House of God

There’s something so special about a “home”: A mixture of comfort, peace, and laughter. A place of freedom, familiar food, and so much more is what makes a house feel like a home.

 

It’s not the roof or walls that hold it up that make a home. It’s the unconditional love, the long-awaited hug, and the familiar home-cooked feast. Home is where we all go to find the respite we long for.

 

So,  fasten your thoughts fully onto Jesus, whom we embrace as our Apostle and King-Priest. Every house is built by someone, but God is the Designer and Builder of all things. And now we are part of his house if we continue courageously to hold firmly to our bold confidence and our victorious hope. (Hebrews 3:1, 4 TPT)

 

Here in Hebrews chapter 3, Paul uses this metaphor of “home” to describe the kind of relationship we can have in Jesus Christ.

 

Paul explains that Jesus, just like a good father, invites us into the house of God so that we can hold firm to our confidence and hope. What powerfully imagery.

 

Do you live every day as if God has invited you into his home?

 

And so, dear brothers and sisters, you are now made holy, and each of you is invited to the feast of your heavenly calling. (Hebrews 3:1, TPT)  

 

Paul then says that we are, “invited to the feast of our heavenly calling”. This Greek phrase “heavenly calling” implies an invitation to a celestial feast, which can also be translated “you are called to share the life of heaven.” Wouldn’t it be incredible if we, the women of God, lived out of this truth to its fullness? That we are called to share the full, abundant life of heaven in the house of God every day?

So, search your hearts every day, my brothers and sisters, and make sure that none of you has evil or unbelief hiding within you. For it will lead you astray and make you unresponsive to the living God. 
14 For we are mingled with the Messiah if we will continue unshaken in this confident assurance from the beginning until the end. (Hebrews 3:12,14 TPT)

 

He reminds us to watch our hearts as we enter this new truth, our new home. He encourages us to stay responsive to God. To be eager to hear his will and direction, and to constantly watch over our hearts and to not hide anything from him. While this kind of warning can sound alarming, this, truly, is the kind of home we want to live in every day: One where there is diligent, determined discernment to watch our hearts and live fully and honestly for God every day. This home in God is not only peaceful, but it is safe and it is whole.

Welcome Home

My questions for you today are this: Are you feeling weary or worn out in life? Are you yearning for a home-like place with God? Are you striving for success, for holiness, for perfection, but lacking a home-like peace in your heart?

 

Dear sister of God, Welcome Home.

 

Open the door of your heart to the home of Jesus and enter without fear. In the arms of Jesus, there is no strife and there is no discord; instead, there is grace and acceptance through his work on the cross.

 

While some homes may lack peace, in God’s home, there is a peace beyond all understanding. It pushes away your worries, doubts, and fears for the future. We are invited to experience this kind of residency every day. There is a feast where you can enjoy your relationship with the heavenly father, and you are invited.

 

Today, dear sisters, open the door, and walk in. You will be so glad that you did.

 

Featured photo by Annie Spratt on Unsplash

 

 

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