By October 10, 2017 No Comments
I’ve been on the road way to much these days: too many kilometres, too many hotel rooms, and too many fast food joints.  It’s good to be HOME. No. It’s GREAT to be home! There’s something so peaceful, restful and fulfilling about being in my personal and relational space. There’s nothing like it. In ‭‭John‬ ‭14:23‬ (‭NLT‬‬) there is a theological and eternal completeness to this idea of home.  “Jesus replied, “All who love me will do what I say. My Father will love them, and we will come and make our HOME with each of them.”  This is an incredibly profound and personal thought. An authentic relationship with Jesus Christ it is much less about our movement or decision to make a HOME for God. Jesus declares that when we love and obey Him that a Trinitarian construction project takes place. God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit make their HOME with us. Imagine the holiness, expanse, and power of the Triune God who wants to dwell with the people like us. Now if that doesn’t stretch the limits of your mind and heart I’m not sure what will. This, again, is a picture of the father in the prodigal story who runs to his son to restore his place in his HOME. Talking about this profound relationship, Henri Nouwen in The Return of the Prodigal Son says, “this is a union so total and so full that there is not even the slightest place for an experience of absence or separation. To be in that relationship is to be HOME in the deepest possible sense of the word.” So, we can rest secure, live in confidence,  and invite others into this present and future reality.  It’s great to be HOME!
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Author Dean Brenton

Executive Director of Ministry Development & Strategic Initiatives PAONL, YCNL Director, Pastor, Husband, Dad, Diakonoi, Christ-follower.

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