We dwell in him.
1 John 4:13
Homelessness has become a plague during the past generation. What a tragedy, no one to go home to and no place to lay your head. In a sense, Christ was homeless. It was His choice. He left His habitation in heaven (I hear it was a pretty nice place) to come prepare a place for you and me. The truth is without Christ we are all homeless. We are wandering spirits, separated from our Father and His family, no place to call our home. When we are born again not only is eternity secured, life itself is secured. We are restored to our Father and to His family. We become part of His inheritance. His house becomes my house. Here is how Charles Spurgeon describes our spiritual habitation.
“Will you take Jesus and dwell in him? See, this house is furnished with all you want, it is filled with riches more than you will spend as long as you live. Here you can have intimate communion with Christ and feast on his love; here are tables well-stored with food for you to live on for ever; in it, when weary, you can find rest with Jesus; and from it you can look out and see heaven itself. Will you have the house? Ah! if you are houseless, you will say, I should like to have the house; but may I have it? Yes; there is the key-the key is, Come to Jesus. But, you say, I am too shabby for such a house. Never mind; there are garments inside. If you feel guilty and condemned, come; and though the house is too good for you, Christ will make you good enough for the house by-and-by. He will wash you and cleanse you, and you will yet be able to sing, We dwell in him. Believer: thrice happy art thou to have such a dwelling-place! Greatly privileged thou art, for thou hast a strong habitation in which thou art ever safe. And dwelling in him, thou hast not only a perfect and secure house, but an everlasting one. When this world shall have melted like a dream, our house shall live, and stand more imperishable than marble, more solid than granite, self-existent as God, for it is God himself-We dwell in him.”
It’s funny, many people think they are doing pretty good. They have a nice house here on earth but if the truth were known they are homeless. Without Christ we have no eternal habitation. That is what Jesus came to restore. Just after that first last supper, Jesus told His disciples plainly, “I am going to prepare a place for you”. That’s why He came, He came to prepare our eternal habitation. This is why riches in this life are so deceptive. You can have everything this earth has to offer but from Christ’s perspective, you are a homeless person. The good news is this, He has prepared a place for you better than you could ever dream.