A Homeless God
Out of all eternity, out of all places, God has chosen to make a home here! My heart has been captivated by Frank Viola’s teaching on God’s place of dwelling. In Old Testament times, God “camped” in the portable tabernacle, later for a period of time He resided in a consecrated temple. But all along he had a grander plan in mind. He desired to reside in a building constructed of “church” materials. Today as believers, we are part of this body called the church. Each of us who reside (eat, drink, and rest) in Christ are part of the construction materials. Revelation 21 and 22 give a sketch or painting of this ultimate home for God.
The house is not not just a mansion (John 14), but a city with many rooms. The city is made of gold, pearl and precious stones. Paul also talks about silver as a construction element. Silver speaks of redemption. During our sojourn on earth, post fall and pre-resurrection, we must all be redeemed through Christ alone. Subsequently He can work in to purify us as gold by fire, fashion pearls out of life’s irritants and yield precious living stones from great pressures. How’s God doing with your part of the building project.
I’ve been thinking of this in conjunctions with our Burmese friends and see many Christians that have gone through persecution, suffering, the martyrdom of relatives, pressures beyond the pale and irritating juntas that won’t go away. Today in America, in this next chapter of their lives, the Burmese folks are still among the construction materials. God is fashioning a beautiful home, composed of all of us, where He will dwell. As we learn to live the indwelling divine life, God continues to use us, in the building of His house.
Read more about the home God is making, in “From Eternity to Here” by Frank Viola.