Foxes have their holes and birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay his head ~ Matthew 8:20
Are you making Jesus ‘homeless’? How? You may ask. The teacher of the law whom Jesus was addressing wondered the same thing. He had only told Jesus that, ‘I will follow you wherever you go’ (v19), but Jesus responded by saying that He had nowhere to lay His head. How do they relate even? Jesus, being all-knowing knew that the teacher of the law meant that he wanted to follow Jesus from place to place physically, yet Jesus wanted a place to abide- in the spiritual sense of the word. Jesus wanted the teacher of the law to ‘realise that I am in the Father, and you are in me and I am in you’ (John 14:20). In other words, Jesus was beckoning for the man to, ‘Remain in me, and I will remain in you’ (15:v4).
David, a Prophet, seemed to have a picture of what was to come. During a time when people did not have the privilege of having God revealed in their Spirit, the glory of God only rested on the Ark of the Testimony. Only prophets had the privilege of remaining in God through His Spirit. David however was not satisfied in God’s glory concentrated in a tent while he himself lived in a palace of cedar. David even writes, ‘One thing I ask of the Lord, this is what I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life’ (Psalm 27:4). He wanted to bring God closer to home and God responds by saying,
‘Are you the one to build me a house to dwell in? I have not dwelt in a house from the day I brought the Israelites up out of Egypt to this day. I have been moving from place to place with a tent as my dwelling . . .’
(2 Samuel 7:5-6)
The temple was finally built for ‘God’s Name’ (1 Kings 8:18) by David’s son, Solomon. While dedicating the temple, Solomon who had the Spirit and Wisdom of God knew that a temple was not enough for man to experience God intimately. He prays, ‘But will God really dwell on earth? The heavens, even the highest heaven, cannot contain you. How much less this temple I have built!’ (v27). Even after the temple was built, sin and evil continued to plague people because they could not remain in God. Soon, they were taken captive by the King of Babylon who also, ‘set fire to the temple of the Lord’ (2 Kings 25:9). God ‘thrust them from his presence’ (24:v20) because they could not contain His holiness. Once again, God was ‘homeless’. Who could contain Him, and how?
Steps in Jesus, God in the flesh and says, ‘whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, streams of living water will flow from within him. By this he meant the Spirit’ (John 7: 38-39). Finally, we could contain God, through Jesus, through God Himself- and become one in Him so that, ‘it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me’ (Galatians 2:20). In other words, it means that, ‘in him we live and move and have our being’ (Acts 17:28). Once we accept Jesus and His Holy Spirit lives in us, then we become God-carriers. Paul writes, ‘Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price’ (Galatians 6: 19-20).
When we refuse to accept the price Jesus paid for us, out of sheer ignorance or outright rebellion, we are like an empty shell without God in us. Building state-of-the art churches, temples, mosques or synagogues does not make us any closer to God when we step foot in them. In fact, the definition of a Church is the ‘body of Christ’ (1 Corinthians 12:27), and not a building where Christians worship in. This is because God dwells in HUMAN BEINGS and not structures, things or even other creation. Stephen says, ‘However, the Most High does not live in houses made by men. As the Prophet says: ‘Heaven is my throne, and earth is my footstool. What kind of house will you build for me? Says the Lord. Or where will my resting place be? Has not my hand made all these things? You stiff-necked people, with uncircumcised hearts and ears! You are just like your fathers: You always resist the Holy Spirit!’ (Acts 7:48-52).
Many resist the Holy Spirit because they resist the One who sends it. And so no amount of visiting a building, meditating, or fingering a prayer bead while making repetitions will ever make someone to be one with God. This is because only His Spirit can enable us to live, breathe and be like Him- for it is ‘The Spirit who gives life’ (John 6:63) Once again, we radiate the image of God, just like ‘Christ is the image of the invisible God’ (Colossians 1:15), a first after the fall of man which caused us to be dead and alienated from God. As David longed, we can now finally dwell in God and He in us, forever. Unfortunately, some are still making God homeless. Are you?
Watch: Make My Heart Your Home- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fgsp1yOiPo4