Yes, in union with him, you yourselves are being built together into a spiritual dwelling- place for God!
Moving beyond the idea that a dwelling place is a house or home; A dwelling-place is where God’s attention lingers. Think of something that captures your imagination. For me I am often captivated by a good book. A really good book grabs my imagination and transports me to a new place and time to give me a portal into the lives of interesting characters. A great author can weave the stories of fictional characters in such a way that I find myself thinking about them throughout the day and can’t wait to find the time to keep reading to find out what happens next, and there’s a sense of sadness when the story ends. Pride and Prejudice is such a book. Jane Austen’s characters have even captured people’s imaginations to the degree that books are still being written by other authors to continue this almost 200 year old story.
Our lives capture God’s imagination. He watches us and imagines what could be, and the good news is that when we surrender our lives to Him, God’s imaginings can become realities, and God’s imaginings are so much greater than our own.
You thought you were being made into a decent little cottage but He is building a palace. He intends to come & live in it Himself — C.S. Lewis
I love that quote. It reminds me of a book by Teresa of Avila, The Interior Castle. This book profoundly unfolds a better understanding and perspective of the soul’s journey toward union with God. She describes the soul as a castle with interior mansions and in each of the mansions, there are many rooms. The journey of the soul is toward the inner most chamber of the castle where God resides.
God is building us to be a palace. I envision this palace as being continuously under construction–not necessarily for repair, but for remodeling an expansion. This building occurs in the secret place, as we spend time in God’d presence in worship, prayer and study.
Solitude with God is vital for the development of our devotion and character. –Kong Hee, City Harvest Church, Singapore.
Solitude with God is essential for the development of His nature and character within us. Don’t neglect these precious times of solitude. In fact, fight to ensure you have this time for Him to build His dreams in you, so you can become all He imagined.