Being a Guest or Being at Home
Author: John A. Witmer
Week of June 17, 2018
Many Christian homes have a room called a “prophet’s chamber” (cf. 2 Kings 4:9-10) to give hospitality to visiting ministers and missionaries. The visitor stays a night or two or at most a couple weeks. No matter how warm and generous the hospitality is, the visitor is still a guest, not a member of the family, not “at home.”
So it is with the Lord Jesus Christ in the life of the Christian. At the moment of faith, the Lord Jesus begins to live within the believer (Col. 1:27). Paul wrote, “Christ lives in me” (Gal. 2:20). In fact Christ is the new life principle of the believer (Col. 3:4).
For many Christians, unfortunately, the indwelling Christ is treated as a guest instead of the head of the home. He is restricted to His “prophet’s chamber” and perhaps never invited into certain other areas of the person’s life.
That is not what God intended or what the Lord Jesus desires, but He is too gracious to go where He is not invited and welcomed. He waits patiently till He is invited to take control. Meanwhile, that believer misses the blessing of his Saviour’s control of his whole life.
The Apostle Paul’s prayer for the Ephesians and for you and me is that through the Holy Spirit “Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith” (3:17). The verb translated “dwell” is an intensive form that implies “to settle down and be at home.” This means no longer to be a guest but to be head of the home.
Please note: For this prayer to be fulfilled, the individual Christian must turn over control of his life to the Lord Jesus Christ. In biblical terms this means “to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God—this is your spiritual act of worship” (Rom. 12:1). Then indeed Christ will be at home in your hearts through faith.