Taking Possession

Taking Possession

Our family has been living in our new home for nearly seven weeks now. The seven months before our move was filled with searching for the perfect home, and attempting to make the home we were living in look as perfect as possible to prospective buyers. That’s a lot of “perfect,” isn’t it?

By the grace of God, we did sell our old home and buy one that will suit us (hopefully) for years to come, with land to enjoy and a place to host church activities. But one phrase kept sticking out to me as we were working on buying our new home. Our realtor would use the expression, “take possession” in discussing when we expected to actually move in and make the property our home. But it was about a week or so after our move when those words really began to settle in me.

I was sitting in “the spare ‘oom,” as we call it, having quiet time with the Lord, when I began to think of how our new property had sat vacant for a few years. The obvious signs were there…a yard that needed lots of attention, a home that had been renovated by an investor, but not lived in since the last occupant-owners passed on. Our new neighbors told us they were just happy that someone had moved in, that someone would take ownership of the property and love it again. Thinking of all these things, I sensed the still small voice of God nudging me, that He too desires to “take possession” of our hearts.

For those of us who belong to Him, do we let Him come in and really dwell in us, taking up residence in ways that show our hearts are fully occupied by him? Or do we, in a sense, let Him own us and stake a claim on us, but not fully “move in” and dwell inside us, making us truly His own? When I move into a new home (and there have been several moves!) I can’t wait to put my touch on it…painting, decorating, re-configuring how the space is used. How much more does the One who purchased me with His own lifeblood long to come inside my heart and renovate until I reflect His glorious life?

So that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith–that you, being rooted 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 Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with the fullness of God”  Eph. 3:17-19

These are thoughts and lessons that truly resonate in me. I love “making home” so much, no matter where God places me.  I can only imagine how much God wants to make a home in my heart, to create a place where his glorious gospel can dwell and shine out to others who need to see and hear it. So this is my prayer. As we come into the holiday season over the next few months and open up our new home to show love and hospitality, I pray I do not neglect to continually open my heart to its true owner…my Savior.

Come, Lord Jesus.  Come and make my heart your home.  Take full possession and dwell within me–invade every room inside my heart.  Shine your light within me so others looking in see You living there.

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Kristin Bunting About Kristin Bunting

Kristin wishes you could pull up a chair, enjoy a cup of coffee, and talk with her about how amazing Jesus is. For 33 years she has walked with her Savior, and each year is a new adventure in learning how He is always “Enough” for her, no matter what the circumstance. Kristin is wife to one loving small-church pastor, and never ceases to be amazed at the 3 daughters God has given them to raise. Her one-day dream is to write a book for women, chronicling her walk with Jesus and encouraging them to never quit pursuing the God who loves them.

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