But if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, He who raised Christ Jesus from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit who dwells in you. Romans 8:11 NASB
Think back to a time when you have visited a model home or maybe checked out a home during an open house. Everything was perfect! Every cushion was in place, every toy in the toybox. The furniture was staged correctly and the kitchen and bathrooms were spotless!
It was all fake! It was a setup to let you see the house in the best possible shape. The house doesn’t stay like that the minute someone moves in and life starts happening.
A fake house shows no signs of someone dwelling there.
Contrast that with a house filled with people, sounds, smells and everything that goes with that. Life gets real when people dwell together. There are signs of life all around.
This is also true about your spiritual dwelling. Some people have a “model” spiritual home. It looks good at first glance, but there is nothing truly happening on the inside. It’s a show house.
But when the Holy Spirit dwells in you, then life gets interesting. The Spirit tugs on your heart and mind, moving you closer to Jesus and the results are kind of messy as you start to remove and leave behind the stuff that isn’t pleasing to God. A wake of habits, friends, maybe even family could be shed as you “dwell” more and more in the Spirit.
But what happens in return is life, real life. God gives life to your spirit, but also to your mortal body. And it is good because it is eternal life.
Is the Holy Spirit dwelling in you? Because now is the time to truly live. The Father gave life to His Son Jesus and He will give it to you too!
Father, I welcome the Holy Spirit to dwell in my heart. I want to live for You today.