When God Was Homeless

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Did you know that there was a time when God was homeless?

The Holy Spirit started speaking to me about this out of the book of John, chapters 14 and 15, this morning. By the time He finished, I was undone. This is one of the most powerful truths He’s ever shown me.

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    John 14:23 tells us that we are God’s home. This verse says:

    Jesus answered and said to him, “If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word; and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our home with him.”

    If you love Jesus, then the Father loves you, and Jesus and the Father have made Their home with you.

    But it gets better. God’s home is not just “with” you; it’s actually IN you. John 14:16-17 tells us:

    “And I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever–the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him; but you know Him, for He dwells with you and will be in you.”

    That promise has been fulfilled. Now, the Holy Spirit–Who is God Himself, Another of the same kind as Jesus–is in us.

    But notice that, when  Jesus promised the Holy Spirit, He did so in the future tense. He was saying, “The Holy Spirit only dwells with you now. But in the future, He will be actually in you, not just with you.”

    So logic tells us that the Holy Spirit did not yet dwell in His people at the time Jesus said that. The Holy Spirit was only with His people, but He had not yet settled in.

    God did not yet have a home; there was a time when God was homeless.

    God’s people are His home, but He wasn’t home yet. He knew He would have a home, but He wasn’t in it yet. He was still waiting.

    The Creator of Heaven and earth was homeless.

    Oh, He didn’t have to be. He has all the power, and all the knowledge and all of everything else in the universe. He could have made His home anywhere He wanted.

    Many people have been taught that the temple in Jerusalem was God’s home. Actually, however, God called the temple His chosen “house of sacrifice” (2 Chronicles 7:12). Yes, His presence was there. But it was His house of sacrifice, not His home.

    God always knew where His home would be. It’s just that the home He wanted was you, so He had to wait to have His home until Jesus bought you back into relationship with God.

    Isn’t that awesome?

    But wait… it gets more awesome!

    Jesus was a manifestation–an exact duplicate–of the Father and the Holy Spirit. Both of Whom were homeless.

    Do you think that might be why Jesus spent His ministry wandering, and had no place to lay His head (Matthew 8:20)?

    Do you think that might be why the Tabernacle in the wilderness–God’s dwelling place with the Israelites–was a mobile, portable tent?

    Do you think that could be part of why God’s ancient people, like Abraham and Isaac, were wandering nomads? Could they have picked up on that part of God’s heart that was yearning for His home?

    Our God spent thousands of years waiting to have a home.

    But everything changed for God on the Day of Pentecost.

    On that day, the Holy Spirit was poured out INTO His people, not just onto His people.

    On that day, God the Holy Spirit moved into His new home. His yearning was fulfilled. His desire was complete. The tabernacle of God was with men.

    And God still makes His home in His children today.

    If you love Jesus, then Jesus, the Father, and the Holy Spirit live inside you. You are God’s home.

    There was a time when God was homeless, but that time is past. Now He is at home in you. His resting place is in you.

    You are God’s home.

    Won’t you make Him feel welcome today?

    How does the message that you are God’s home impact you? Please leave a comment below.

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    1. Katie Reynolds says:

      Quite thought provoking. I was thinking about the concept of a home. I know, as believers, we have the indwelling of the Holy Spirit within us but I don’t think I ever thought of ourselves as a ” home”. Which brings me to the question you asked, “Won’t you make Him feel welcome today?” I had to ask myself, “Have I treated Him like a stranger? Have I closed certain doors to His admittance or have I let Him have free reign? Does He only get to use the guest room or do I let Him see the often messy master bedroom too? Do I feel the need to clean everything up before He’s allowed in?” I’ve come along way in letting Him full ownership privlleges, however, there are a couple of doors that are just cracked at this stage. Thank you for another great word!

      1. Wow, Katie, that’s deep. Thank you for sharing. By the way, have you ever thought about writing? You have some amazing thoughts!

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