So that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ,
Ephesians 3:17-18 (NIV)
According to Statistics Canada, in general terms a dwelling is defined as a set of living quarters. Two types of dwellings are identified in the Census, collective dwellings and private dwellings. Private dwelling refers to a separate set of living quarters with a private entrance either from outside the building or from a common hall, lobby, vestibule or stairway inside the building. The entrance to the dwelling must be one that can be used without passing through the living quarters of some other person or group of persons.
As Dorothy says in The Wizard of Oz there’s no place like home. It is where we feel most comfortable and where we can most be ourselves. However humble our dwelling is, it is a gift. This drives home one of the most amazing mysteries of the Christian faith. The apostle Paul writes this in Ephesians 3:17-18: “so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ.” It is a great mystery to me, and likely to you, that the Creator of the universe and the redeemer of mankind has chosen to take up residence in us. Our hearts have become His dwelling place, that place where he feels most at home. This is only possible because He has cleansed our hearts from sin and guilt and has implanted His righteousness into our lives. If you have received Christ through faith, no matter where you go today and no matter what you do, Jesus is with you.
These have been words from the heart.