Taking Up Residence

John 4:25-26 (NIV)

The woman said, “I know that Messiah” (called Christ) “is coming. When he comes, he will explain everything to us.”
26 Then Jesus declared, “I, the one speaking to you—I am he.”

In John 4, Jesus has an encounter with a Samaritan woman at a well. They discuss living water that never runs dry as well as the sordid details from her past and present relationships. This causes her to change the subject to something a little more comfortable and less convicting – the proper place of worship. He tells her that those who worship the Lord must worship in Spirit and in truth. He then reveals His true identity – He is the Messiah.
Jesus didn’t come to solve the age-old dilemmas about the proper place of worship. He didn’t come to make us comfortable about our sin. He came to renew and renovate our hearts. He isn’t doing some kind of exterior job of touching up paint and clearing out a few cobwebs. Jesus wants to empty our hearts of our hoarded sins. He wants to do more than clean up the clutter. He wants to gut the place. That’s what the Messiah does. He shines His light into our hearts in order to clean out every nook and cranny in order to move in and take up residence.
When we put our faith and trust in Jesus by believing in Him, repenting from sin, confessing Him as Savior and being baptized, Jesus forgives our many sins and gives us the gift of the Holy Spirit. God moves in and makes our hearts His home. There can be no more room for sin. He cleans out every room and empties the closets of their skeletons. He cleans up the past and transforms the present in order to give us a bright future.
So let Him in! Let Jesus, the Messiah, take up residence in your heart in order to be conformed to His image. As you grow in faith, you’ll continue to be renewed and changed into the new creation He wants you to be.
PRAYER: Father in Heaven, fill me with Your Spirit today. I want to look, act, speak and think more like Jesus. I can’t do this on my own. I need You to rid me of anything that is not of You. In Jesus’ saving name, amen.

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