Come Into My House

Do you ever wish God would come to your house?

It doesn’t make a difference whether you live alone or with family, in a manufactured home or an apartment or a custom build.   
 
Do you ever wish that God lived there, too?
 
Don’t cop out with, “God is everywhere, of course he’s in my house.” 
               
In the Book of Revelation, Jesus says: “Behold, I stand at the door and knock; if anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and will dine with him, and he with Me” (3:20). This is Christ coming to me and saying “let’s make this personal.”
 
The Lord never forces himself on us, never intrudes against our free will. The God of the Universe reduces himself to the role of supplicant, beggar: standing at the door and knocking.
 
Do you ever wish God would come to your house?
 
If your house and your life and your home relationships (even if you live alone) are perfect and peaceful, then this question doesn’t concern you. If you have an inkling that your life and your home could be happier or better, then this question is for you.
 
Would you like God in your house?
 
If anyone is standing at your door and knocking, you have the authority to invite him to come in. Even if that "anyone" is Jesus himself.
 
And so, the first step is simply to say to God: Come into my house.
 
And he always enters, he never turns away.
 
After you have made this simple invitation, take the next step. Walk through your house, pausing in each room to invite him to abide there, to bless that space, to be present there in power and in love.
 
If you have Holy Water, sprinkle a small amount, especially on the beds where people dream. If there are areas of particular concern, places of sickness or family strife or painful memories, pause to pray the Lord’s Prayer silently or aloud.
 
The next blog will offer more suggestions about inviting Jesus and his power into your home.  In the meantime, don’t forget that you have God’s power: “ greater is He who is in you than he who is in the world” (I John 4:4).
 
If you have no Holy Water, bring a container to church to fill at the baptismal font or ask a deacon or priest to bless water for you. If you would like to have a deacon or priest come to bless your home, call the Parish Office. You don’t need to clean house or feed him: he’ll knock on your door, ready to help you invite Jesus Christ more powerfully into your home.