Before we were formed in our mother’s womb, we were with God and known by God. Before He gave our skin color and our hair curl and our personalities quirks, God formed our innermost being with a longing for Him. In the hidden place, He skillfully crafted us in His image that we might reflect Him and yet yearn for something other than the world He was sending us into.
From birth to death, our days are ordained that we might find lack in all the world has to offer so that we never stop seeking true fulfillment.
Every minute of every day, every thing we look at, every task we complete, and every person that gathers around our tables, only serve to reflect back to us a deeper longing for Jesus.
Everything is simply the means by which our soul cultivates a relentless pursuit of Him.
Home is learning to live in our own skin, knowing the fullness of our humanity, both spirit and flesh and dealing compassionately with both. It’s a posture that invites God to pull up a seat at the table of our heart and take every desire of ours and turn them into something holy and right and useful for the kingdom.
Home is making space for the Holy Spirit to blow fresh and wild and free in our souls, stirring up the greatest, God-given longing found there which is Jesus.
Home is Jesus.
And when our home is found in Jesus, there isn’t a person on the planet who can fill that void.
Advent is upon us. If you’re anything like me, the wild anticipation of the coming Christ Child is colliding with the wild expectations of your little world and your little world is trying to sell you the lie that anything other than pure exuberance amid the twinkling lights and gift buying is not of Jesus.
But I’m not buying it, are you?
I think the longing we have for HOME is more palpable during the Christmas season than during any other time of the year and I think this longing for home, for JESUS, looks and feels a lot like loneliness.
Could loneliness be part of simply following Jesus? Could this increase in loneliness during the season in which we anticipate His birth, simply be the catalyst for more worship, more longing, more desiring of being made whole in Christ?
Join us as we unpack loneliness in the upside down kingdom. This is a heavy episode, but it’s a necessary one if we truly desire Christ above all else.
Grateful we get to be co-laborers in this upside down kingdom.