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. John 14:23 (NLT)
God will make His home with us – each of us. Doesn’t that sound good?
Because homes are never perfect, ‘home’ doesn’t always evoke a positive image. But our desire for home feels like family, love, acceptance, comfort and safety. Home is where we settle and put down roots. It’s a place where we can be ourselves.
Jesus tells us that He and the Father will make their home with each person who loves Him and does what He says. There’s the catch. There’s always a catch. God loves us unconditionally, but He settles in with those who love Him and follow His way of living.
Our relationship with God feels like home when we love Him.
We love God with gratitude and praise. We love God by loving others. But Jesus says we love Him by doing what He says. And in this conversation with his disciples, Jesus repeats this instruction 4 times: If you love me, obey my commandments. Those who accept my commandments and obey them are the ones who love me. Anyone who doesn’t love me will not obey me. (John 14:15, 21, 24)
We express our love for God by following His way.
How do we know what Jesus says? The Bible. Period. We need to know Scripture. By following God’s instructions we develop better relationships with others and experience joy. We see the good world God created and manage problems with wisdom and strength. But the Bible also reveals God’s heart and His love. And as our love grows, God settles in and makes Himself at home.