Thought for the week by Pastor Diana Rutherford

by Struthers Cumbernauld

'I pray that from his glorious, unlimited resources he will empower you with inner strength through his Spirit. Then Christ will make his home in your hearts as you trust in him. Your roots will grow down into God’s love and keep you strong.' Ephesians 3:16-17


Some of us have just returned from an amazing weekend in Neath, South Wales.


It's been a weekend of watching the action of God; seeing lives touched, saved and filled with the Holy Spirit. We certainly found His glorious, unlimited resources empowering us and giving us inner strength. However, the part of this verse that touches me the most is this part:


'Then Christ will make his home in your hearts.'


This sums up in a few words the purpose of any work of God. That Christ may make His home in hearts. Surely this is what our Lord wants for each one, that you will let Christ make His home in your heart.


To make your home in something means to live there permanently. This is what He wants for every person who comes to Him.


If Christ makes His home within you, you will permanently abide in Christ. You will be the  fruit that remains and have the potential of producing further fruit that will remain. You will not be knocked about by circumstances in your life; disunity within your fellowship or by sin within your heart. You will learn to be a strong, consistent Christian who can become a pillar in your church and local community.


Over our weekend we met lots of very nice people. People who were touched by the power of the Holy Spirit in many different ways but whose lives had been robbed by the cruelty of the  enemy. Our prayer is that Christ will take up permanent residence within them. Each one might learn to let His will dominate their lives, His peace control their emotions and that His word will strengthen them and establish them in Christ. Then, as children of God, Satan will no longer rob them of what is rightfully theirs.


Hopefully, one day we will meet again and they will be stronger and closer to God as a result of His permanent residency within them.


He is sending each one of you out to bear fruit.  Pray that as you learn to be consistent in God so you will bring others into that same place of consistency. Then they too will learn to be empowered by His inner strength on a daily basis and Christ will make His home in their hearts. 


'You didn’t choose me. I chose you. I appointed you to go and produce lasting fruit.' John 15:16