Home is a very powerful word to me.
- It’s meaning exceeds being just a noun naming the physical place where we live as part of a family.
- It’s not merely an adjective to describe care and nurture or the security of a safe place to flourish.
- It’s larger than a verb to explain the space we return to that created an environment where we are comfortable to be who we really are.
- It’s deeper than the emotions of knowing we are ‘seen’, loved and accepted.
Home is all those things but more. Home is an experience: it’s a feeling that you fit somewhere, with someone, and are wanted and belong. This last weekend it struck me afresh that I’m not looking for or creating a home, I am home. I don’t mean in four walls but I, myself, am a home. In Revelations 21 it says,
“God’s home is now among his people! He will live with them, and they will be his people. God Himself will be with them.“
When Jesus was talking to His disciples (John 14) He promised there would be a day when we realised, “that I am in my Father, and you are in me, and I am in you… and we will come to (you) and make our home” God Himself chooses to make my skin and yours, His home. We are home to the Divine Life. God Himself feels my body is a place where He can be accepted and loved, comfortable and welcomed to be Himself. It’s a place he feels He belongs!
So because I am a home, I AM is home. As my body is the space He comes to dwell and live in, all that I AM is, becomes my home too. Who God is becomes my home where I live and move and have my being. We abide and live together and the relationship and union makes a home. Wonderful. Wonder-full and not just a truth but something to be experienced.
God wants us to realise we are home. In fact Paul tells us in Colossians, “ God was pleased to make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.” God’s pleased to reveal the riches of this to us.
This home (Christ in us and us in Him) carries hope. So what’s hope?
- It’s not wishful thinking. ( I hope that this will happen)
- It’s not an expression of uncertainty ( I hope we get it)
- it’s not a desire either ( I hope I get the good of this)
- A believer KNOWS that their hope is solid.Hebrews 11 talks about ,”the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen“
- Hope is faith – a faith that cannot be moved by circumstance or what the eye sees because an unseen God is seen in His faithfulness. Faith isn’t believing – faith is a Person. ” Jesus Christ is our hope.” ( 1 Tim 1:1)
- Hope is Living. 1 peter 1 ;3 says, ” In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead” This fulfills Jesus’ promise in John 14, “ because I live you will live also“
Hope is the assurance of the Person of Jesus living in us- it’s the anchor that does not move us from home base. Cynthia Bourgeault puts it like this. “Hope’s home is at the innermost point in us, and in all things. It is a quality of aliveness. It does not come at the end, as the feeling that results from a happy outcome. Rather, it lies at the beginning, as a pulse of truth that sends us forth.” Hope is our assured foundation. We are not waiting to die to go home to glory – quite the opposite -it’s actually the starting point, that we are in union with Jesus who is at home living with us now.
This home (Christ being in us and us in Him) carrying the assurance of hope, adds glory. So what’s glory? Well it’s more of the riches of His Presence!
- God’s glory can be the recognition of external manifestation of His being: think of “the heavens declare your glory.“(Isaiah 6)
- It’s also His character and nature. When Moses asked God “show me your glory” God’s reply is to talk about His compassion, graciousness, abounding love and faithfulness. ( Exodus 33)
- When John writes about Jesus He says, “The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.” Glory is experienced here as relationship with the Father; identity in sonship; and characterised by a fullness of grace and truth.
- Doxa is N.T Greek for ‘Glory’ and means the manifestation of God’s presence. When you encounter that ‘doxa’ it is the atmosphere of His presence. We have compassion, abounding love and faithfulness living in us.
How incredible that we are the dwelling place of God – That He comes and makes a home with us! Incredible that we are not striving to obtain it but can turn our attention and become aware of what is already given to us . We need to give thanks and receive the Person. Welcome Him home then fling wide the doors of this place and as Russ Walden puts it, ” We are called upon to walk in glory:the manifest Presence of God. Someone on the inside of you is pressing to get out. when you walk into a room, learn to say in yourselves, ‘I release the glory here…”
We need to turn up with love in every situation and allow Jesus to be Himself. Maybe Julie Glover is right too, ” those who serve most potently work on levels of cosciousness that have to do with radiating love -God’s love. The basic premise is that you allow something, (Someone) to come through you… from somewhere deep inside.”