Friday, March 01, 2013

Love From The Inside Out

How’s your imagination? Is it powerful? Vivid? Or is it wimpy?

Well, try this: Imagine Jesus loving your husband or wife or kids or neighbors. Would He be good at it? Or would He have to act like He loved them? Would He be all marshmallowee, ooowee-gooey, put on, lovey dovey? Or would He have the heart and the truth and the feelings for it? You know the answers.

And here’s the big question: Where is Jesus? He’s inside of a lot of people. That was always the plan, right? And that’s what He’s been doing for a long time now—making homes for Himself. We are His personal housing project, and it’s likely that He is inside of you; paid off the mortgage and everything. Think of the work He could do from where He is.

Have a few chats with the One who lives in you. Listen for Him who will never burden you with what He is particularly good at doing for Himself. Ask Him to show you or tell you what He thinks of your spouse, of your kids, or your neighbors or co-workers, or someone across the world. Pay attention. Watch what He does in you about them. He will produce in you what He is like. He’s given you the heart for it, because He’s at home there. And that is the very best of life, with you and God.

Remember that thing about His yoke being easy, His burden light?

Well. Yeah.

1 John 4:16 And so we know and rely on the love God has for us. God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in them.

(This is a transcript of yesterday's video, “What God’s Personal Housing Plan Means.” It's for those who might rather read than watch.)

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