Does God live in your house? Or is God just a neighbor of yours?
You know, maybe you see each other when you come out your door to go work or to school? Or when you bring your mail in or take your trash out? Or on a really beautiful day–when you just have to be outside–you run into God walking around your neighborhood?
And you’re a good neighbor to God. You always keep your yard mowed or side-walk shoveled as the seasons demand. You even toss His newspaper up closer to His front step if you’re the first one out in the morning. As far as you can tell, you never do anything to really bother God. And By Golly! Anytime your paths cross you always smile, wave and say, “Hello!” to God! So you’re obviously a pretty darn good neighbor. Some people don’t even say, “Hello!” to their neighbors after all!
But, somehow you know that everytime you have a brief—and even polite—encounter with God, He wants something more. It seems that God would love for the two of you to really get to know each other. But, you just don’t have the time. You just don’t want God in your life in any real way. Being God’s neighbor is just fine with you.
It’s not fine with God.
God doesn’t want to be our neighbor. God is not Mr. Rogers.
GOD IS our Creator, Sustainer, Savior, Mighty God, Wonderful Counselor, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace—Sovereign and Intimate LORD! And God wants to live with us—and live in us.
Jesus answered, “Because I live, you also will live. On that day you will realize that I am in my Father and my Father is in me, and I am in you.” John 14:19-20
Jesus replied, “If anyone loves me, he will obey my teaching. My Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our home with him.” John 14:23
So, the question is: Does God—His Word and His Spirit—live in your house—in your heart? Or is God just a neighbor of yours?
Do you just nod to God—and maybe even give a big, friendly wave to Him—anytime you see God next-door or around the neighborhood?
Or Has God taken up permanent residence with you? Is God’s name on the deed to your life—so that you are in an intimate, living, loving, day-by-day relationship with your Lord Jesus Christ?
In love, peace and purposeful passion, Sylane