Where is Your Home?
Some of you maybe familiar with John 15, the passage in the bible that talks about Jesus being the vine and we are the branches. If you haven’t, I’d suggest looking it up, so that you understand the context behind this. It is quite a powerful passage. In verse 4, Jesus says this, “Remain in me and I will remain in you. For a branch cannot produce fruit if it is severed from the vine, and you cannot be fruitful unless you remain in me.” NLT
I want you to take a moment to ask yourself, where are you remaining? Where is your home? I like to think Jesus is saying, “make your home in me, and I will make a home in you.” So, where have you made your home? You may not always be able to identify it right away. If you are a Christian, you know the answer should be that you have made your home in Jesus and are remaining in him. Though, it may be the right answer our life doesn’t always reflect that. The best indicator of where you have made your home is the product that results from it. For instance, if you have made your home in another person, your actions, thoughts and overall life will begin to look like that person. You are shaped by your home. Where you remain, you produce. If it is apart from God, then what you are producing isn’t fruit. How can you look like Jesus, if you don’t remain at home in him?
These were questions I found myself unable to answer in 2015. I had just dated someone who didn’t have the same beliefs that I did. I knew this, and I was choosing it anyway. I knew Jesus, loved Jesus, but my home wasn’t in him. My home was in another person. People kept telling me I wasn’t myself, and that my actions were beginning to be shaped by his. I was no longer abiding in Jesus, and my life was clearly reflecting that. I desired a deeper relationship with God, I desired more and more and my heart was hungry for him. Yet, my home still remained in another person. It wasn’t until he ended things with me that I realized the condition of my heart. It wasn’t at home in Jesus, and I felt the weight of that. The very next day, I opened up my bible and began to pursue Jesus. God knew I had desired Him all along, and when I began to make my home in him, my life began to produce fruit. My home was no longer in a man, but in Jesus.
See the importance here? It matters where you remain, because your life is clearly shaped by it. Where you have made your home is shown in what you produce. If it isn’t Jesus you’re abiding it, then it isn’t fruit you are producing. So look at your life, and answer the question honestly. Where have you made your home? Are you remaining in Him, or a person, or even a mindset. It says we can’t produce fruit apart from Jesus, so where you remain is so important. It’s okay to admit you haven’t been remaining in him. I sure hadn’t been. However, when I did, my life began to be totally and completely shaped by Jesus. A life that looks like Jesus, is a life that produces fruit. It isn’t enough to just believe, we need to show others what Jesus looks like, and be good examples of him.
Examine your heart today, and ask yourself where you have made your home. You may just begin a new journey with him today. A home in Jesus is the best home.
New Living Translation (NLT)
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