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“So that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love.” Ephesians 3:17
Storms are funny. Sometimes you can see them coming from miles away and other times they scare you dead awake in the wee hours of the night with your house quivering and branches crashing. I’ve watched a storm brew on the horizon of my life for several months now, and the clouds have grown more ominous.
It frightens me and causes me to start securing my heart, which, translated, really means barricading it so I don’t get hurt. That’s my default. But God is showing me that he wants me to release my usual tendencies when it comes to trials, and try it his way.
God’s way is me putting down my roots deep into his love. He dwells in me. That’s full-on residency, twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week dwelling. And when you dwell with someone like that, you get to see their not so pretty sides. You get to see the ugly of transparency. But it’s there that transformation begins.
When we allow God to see the naked truth of our brokenness, he changes us more and more into the image of Christ. This happens because he releases extravagant grace into our lives that enables us to change. He lavishes us with acceptance and ownership—he dwells with us.
And because of Christ’s dwelling in us we are rooted and established in his love. It’s that love that gives us the confidence to weather the storms of life as transformed believers in Christ. Our honesty to God about our pain takes our transparency and transforms us into a beautiful reflection of God’s love, power, and grace abiding in our lives.
Lord Jesus, thank-you for dwelling in our hearts and rooting and establishing us in the strength of your love. As our confidence in your love grows, we take risks to invite you into our brokenness because we trust that you will transform us. Let us trust you with our whole hearts and not bits and pieces. You give us your whole self, we give you ourselves. Amen.