Twelve thousand people in twelve cities were interviewed for IKEA’s 2016 Life at Home Report.
Each person was asked this simple question: “What makes a home a home?”
Despite the respondents’ different cultures, ages, and ethnicity, four common elements of home were identified: comfort, safety, belonging, and love.
In John 15:5, Jesus declared:
“he who abides in Me and I in him, he bears much fruit, for apart from Me you can do nothing.”
The word abide has the idea of making our home in Christ.
He provides our comfort, safety, belonging, and love.
Jesus is our source of comfort that we can draw upon in all situations in life.
The Apostle Paul wrote:
“Now may our Lord Jesus Christ himself and God our Father, who loved us and by his grace gave us eternal comfort and a wonderful hope, comfort you and strengthen you in every good thing you do and say.” (2 Thess. 2:16-17)
Also, Jesus is our source of safety as well.
In Psalm 59:16 David wrote:
“You have been my refuge, a place of safety when I am in distress.”
We face many distressful things in this life, so when we make our home in Jesus, He is our source of safety.
Making our home in Christ also gives us a sense of belonging.
In Ephesians 4:30 Paul wrote:
“The Spirit is God’s proof that you belong to Him, and He will make you free when the final day comes.”
Paul also stated in Romans 8:2:
“And because you belong to Him, the power of the life-giving Spirit has freed you from the power of sin that leads to death.”
We actually belong to Christ, and the proof of it is the indwelling Holy Spirit in our human spirit.
As we make our home in Jesus, He sets us free from the power of sin in this life, and we will be set free completely when the final day comes, which is the Rapture.
Lastly, when we make our home in Jesus, He also provides us with His eternal love.
As we rest in His agape love for us, we will be set free from our fears.
In his first letter, John taught:
“There is no fear in love, because God’s perfect love drives out fear.”
As I am finishing this blog, all my family; all 13 of them, have left our home after having our Easter celebration.
The four common elements of home were experienced today: comfort, safety, belonging, and love.
May we make our home in Jesus every moment and experience His comfort, safety belonging and love.
Pastor Ken Keeler, Director of Church Ministries