This last week I’ve been thinking a lot about what it is to be home. I think it comes from this,
“Jesus answered 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.””
Last night, I was washing up, and the whole time I’m doing that, I’m hearing,
“The Father longs for us to be home. Home is where the Father is. Wherever the Father is, that’s where home is.”
It has dawned on me that we can’t truly live like a son without the Father, and we can’t truly be home without the Father.
I wonder how many people are “homeless?” I reckon it is perhaps more than I think. Every person desires to be home, regardless of whether they realise where home is or not. If home is with the Father, through oneness with the Father, and home doesn’t exist without him, there must be something within each of us longing to be at home.
We have the way home through Jesus. As it says,
“because you are sons, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, crying, “Abba! Father!” So you are no longer a slave, but a son, and if a son, then an heir through God.”
In the story of the prodigal son, we see that the son comes to the place of recognising that he needs to go back to his father. He was still a son, even if he didn’t see that. But he wasn’t home, and the desire in all of us is to be home. To be where the Father is, because home is where the Father is. Home is where the Father can confirm to us, “You are my beloved son.”
Everyone has the choice to come home to the Father or stay desiring to eat pigs food in a foreign country.
The desire of the Father is such that he is willing to make the way through Jesus, that as we eat and drink of him, we come into oneness with the Father. But the desire is so strong that, just like the father in the story, as Jesus says,
“we will come to him and make our home with him.”
They will come to us, and make their home in us! Home can be here and now for you and for me, because home is where the Father is. As we draw near, the Father will run to meet us.
The Father gives us to eat and drink of Jesus himself, and we are one with him, and one with the Father as we do so. And we will know our identity as a son. And we are home.
Let’s not live in a foreign country, desiring to eat of things which are not what the Father desires for us. Let’s feast on the very food and drink that the Father gives to us, the bread of Life, and living water, and let’s be satisfied in him.
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