“According to the riches of his glory he may grant you to be strengthened with power through his Spiritin your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith—that you, beingrooted and grounded in love, may have strength to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christthat surpasses knowledge, thatyou may be filled with all the fullness of God.” Ephesians 3: 14-19 (ESV)
This passage of Scripture was covered in a sermon recently. The implications are mind-blowing.
When the Apostle Paul speaks of our, “inner being”, he’s referring to our hearts, our souls. We are to be, “grounded in love” that we may ultimately, “be filled with all the fullness of God.” Why this kind of self overhaul? “So that Christ may dwell in your hearts.”
What does it mean to dwell? A dwelling is a place where we live, where we make a living, a home. Our houses, I’d imagine, are just as individual and unique as we are. It’s true that Christ already dwells in our hearts, this miracle occurred at the point of conversion. Paul exhorts us to continue preparing our spirits for Christ.
Imagine your heart as a home. Are there some dusty corners? Cobwebs on the ceiling? Furniture that needs to be thrown away? Walls that need a fresh coat of paint? If we use this helpful analogy of our hearts as a home, I think the idea of preparing a place for the best and most welcome “houseguest” of all is a bit more tangible.
Let’s get to work, okay? Christ is dwelling in us, may He dwell richly!