“…according to the riches of his glory he may grant you to be strengthened with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith…” Ephesians [3:16]-17
What does it take for Christ to dwell in your heart?
In a sense, nothing more than what Jesus has already given. He has won your heart by the blood He shed on the cross. If you are His, He is there. And yet, our lives don’t always represent the truth of a new king ruling our desires and priorities.
Faith can be a lot like a young child trying to follow. They may desire to follow, but if their parents don’t walk with them through obedience, it is only a matter of time before something else becomes more interesting. They don’t stop being a child when they stop obeying, but they do stop actively experiencing the good their parents intend for them by their directions.
We like to think we grow out of simple distractions as we age, but the reality is the distractions are just grander in scale. We move from childhood toys to Instagram to paying the bills.
It takes a work of God to have our hearts directed by Him. And it takes strength to live as a disciple. It takes His power to experience the goodness of Christ dwelling in and directing our heart.
Heavenly Father give me the humility and strength that it takes to follow You. Help organize my life around Your will. I know it is better. Forgive me when I lose sight of this truth. Guide me by the gracious power of Your Spirit convicting and comforting me. Amen.
FOR FURTHER READING
2 Timothy 1:8-14