How would you define what it really means to live “at home” in love? What would it look like? How would it make you feel?
For example, imagine this classic movie plot. A man works as an undercover agent. He lives for the thrill of action and adventure, a true adrenaline junkie. So what happens? What else, he meets a girl, decent and caring, who sweeps him off his feet. Yet, he struggles to settle down, to live at home in love instead of a life of adrenaline.
In the predictable plot, life brings challenges his way and he nearly loses what truly grew in his heart — love for his family. These trials bring things into focus for him and motivates change.
In a final scene, he plays on the beach with his little boy, laughing with his wife, such joy on his face. His friend nearby says, “He’s home, where he’s always belonged.”
Have you realized the place you have always belonged?
Learning to live at home in love opens up to us life in the Secret Kingdom. Therefore, let’s consider how to do this.
Learning to Live At Home in Love
At first, it seems like such a simple concept, to live at home in love. Yet, many things seek to pull us away.
For instance, in my childhood the enemy sought to insert a lie into my heart – a lie that say home represents danger. As a result, I have battled fears and insecurities. Regrettably, I dealt with this through times of withdrawal and putting up walls of defensiveness.
However, God created me for love, to live at home in love. Living here makes life work, it gives life meaning. Consequently, nothing brings more fulfillment and joy than discovering the Secret Kingdom of a life lived in love.
1 John 3:14 We know that we have passed from death to life, because we love each other. Anyone who does not love remains in death.
As a result of this truth, I want to grow. How about you? Let’s consider some practical steps.
- Daily show each of our family members how incredibly loved and special they are.
- Seek to do little acts of kindness each day in the world around you, and don’t even tell anyone about it.
- Express your love and gratitude to God. Science has proved what God has said all along; writing a daily Gratitude Journal works makes for a healthy heart and keeps you from entertaining negativity. (1 Thess.5:18)
Finally, learning to live at home in love prepares you for living in eternity.
1 John 4:16 And so we know and rely on the love God has for us. God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in them.
To quote Brennan Manning —“I have become convinced that on Judgment Day Jesus will ask us just one question: ‘Did you believe that I loved you?’”
So then, have you found the Secret Kingdom, to live “at home” in love?
If we will let Him, God will use life as a preparation for us “to live at home in love” eternally. Jesus went and prepared a place for us. John 14:2 calls it “a family dwelling.”
In conclusion, we exist to learn to live in this Secret Kingdom, our family dwelling. We exist to live at home in God’s love.