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Jesus, in His mercy, provides us with some extra incentive for keeping his word today. What does Jesus say? “My Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our home with him.” Over Easter my wife and I invited all kinds of family over to our house. When all was said and done we ended up planning on about twenty five people coming over. That’s quite a bit. She did quite a bit of cooking, cleaning and planning to bring the whole tribe over. It all ended up going off without too much of a hitch. But it sure was a lot of work. Whenever you invite someone over to your house – you naturally think about how much work it’s going to be – and how long they’re going to stay. It’s nice to have company – but sometimes it’s nicer to have them leave. The incentive that Jesus used for keeping his word was that “my Father and I will make our home with him.” The word for “make our home” is rarely used in the New Testament. It’s the same word that’s translated as the “mansion” or “room” that Jesus is going to prepare for us. In other words, God doesn’t just say He’s going to move in for a day or two. When you keep his word, He’s going to move into your house permanently. That’s a long time.


But when Jesus and the Father move in, there’s an upswing. Some friends of mine recently had his grandmother move in with them. She pays for the total house payment. She helps watch the kids. She helps to clean. That doesn’t sound too bad, now, does it? Think about what a joy it was for Mary and Joseph to have Jesus as a son in the household. He never would have complained about the chores. He always would have been respectful. He always would do what they asked. They had a gold mine in that child! We’ve got a gold mine in Jesus’ proposal. When the Holy Spirit moved into us at our baptism, God said that our sins were washed away. Now, as the Father and the Son remain there through faith – we have the ultimate cleaning machine. Jesus is offering to keep our houses completely holy and perfect and clean for all of our lives. The Holy Spirit will give us knowledge and strength to know right from wrong and live healthier lives. The Father gives us confidence to know that He is guarding and protecting us. Instead of giving us more work, God gives us the energy to do all we do. He brings a loving and kind spirit into our household that we never would have had without Him. Even though we’re supposed to be the ones doing the cooking and the cleaning, He does all the work! What a wonderful thing this is! This is a wonderful deal Jesus is offering us. We get all of these gifts just through keeping His Word!

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