What Jesus Did! 'The Son and the Father Find a Home' — John 14:21-23

Friday, September 28, 2018

[Jesus said,] "Those who accept my commandments and obey them are the ones who love me. And because they love me, my Father will love them. And I will love them and reveal myself to each of them." Judas (not Judas Iscariot, but the other disciple with that name) said to him, "Lord, why are you going to reveal yourself only to us and not to the world at large?" Jesus replied, "All who love me will do what I say. My Father will love them, and we will come and make our home with each of them."
— John 14:21-23 NLT

Key Thought

Do you know how God chooses a place to live? He looks for someone who is obedient to him, and then the Father and the Son come to live in that person through the Holy Spirit. Not only do they live there, but they also reveal their presence. In other words, Jesus has gone to heaven to prepare a place for us, but he comes to live in us until we can come to live with him. Our invitation for him to come and live in us is our love for him, shown in our obedience.

Today's Prayer

Holy and righteous Father, I love you and want you to inhabit my life, to mold my character, and to be pleased by my obedience to your will. In Jesus' name, I pray. Amen.

Related Scripture Readings

  • Matthew 7:21-27
  • Acts 5:32
  • Mark 3:31-35


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Illustration of John 14:21-23 NLT — "All who love me will do what I say. My Father will love them, and we will come and make our home with each of them."

About This Devotional

What Jesus Did! is a series of one-year devotional guides through each gospel, using one short scripture passage each day and following the Gospel in sequential order. Each devotional consists of a scripture passage and a reflection and a prayer which open up the day's scripture and show how it challenges you to live for Jesus.

What Jesus Did! is written by Phil Ware and is available in book form.

Scripture quotations are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright ©1996, 2004, 2007, 2013, 2015 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.