23rd May 2018

Right Into Our Home

“…approve what is excellent, and so be pure and blameless for the day of Christ, filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God.”
Philippians 1:10-11 (ESV UK)

I was having coffee with my brother and sister-in-law at the back of their house in London. They have a very small garden – take about twelve or so paces down one of two small paths and you reach a brick wall. The rest was filled with overflowing green stuff with a few late tomatoes poking through here and there. On one side at the back they deliberately grow a bramble so they can have apple and blackberry pie, but for some reason the bramble was taking a year off, and there was a small bare patch of earth. However nature doesn’t seem to approve of bare patches and some barley and oats had taken root, their dried brown stalks a noticeable contrast to the sprawling greenery of the rest of the garden.

As I sipped my coffee a movement caught my eye. I looked over and watched a small mouse climb up one of the stalks, collect a grain and quickly scuttle back under a clump of cyclamen close to the grains. Then it repeated the process. That’s what you call home delivery: groceries delivered right to your doorstep in handy small recyclable brown bags. Just step out of the house, collect and take back to the larder.

Why am I telling you about the activities of a small rodent? Because activated by a little caffeine I thought: you know, Jesus says he stands at the door and knocks, but he doesn’t stay outside and leave. Unlike grocery deliveries to man or mouse, if we hear his voice and open to him, he will come in and eat with us. Just before his death he assured his disciples: “if anyone loves me, he will keep my word, and my Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our home with him” or, as some of the translations put it, ‘make our home within him’ (Revelation 3:20, John 14:23).

The Spirit in us brings the mind of Christ right into the centre of our very being, and he brings fruit: the fruit of love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control—now that’s really what you call a grace-filled home delivery (Galatians 5:22-23).

Prayer
Our thanks and praise to you, gracious Father and Saviour, who are prepared to come to into our lives, in the centre of our being, and bring to us the transforming fruit of the Spirit.
Amen

Study by Hilary Buck

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About the Author:
Hilary Buck pastors Grace Communion in Lewes.
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Local Congregation:
Grace Communion – Lewes
The Priory School
Mountfield Road
LEWES
BN7 2XN

Meeting Time:
Saturday 11:00am

Local Congregational Contact:
Hilary Buck
Email: hilaryjbuck@gmail.com

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