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That Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. (Ephesians 3:17a, NKJV)

 This was not just another beautiful conference grounds in rural Massachusetts when I attended an Inter-Varsity Christian Fellowship Bible Conference in the 1950s. I didn’t know at the time, but this conference was different. The speaker introduced us to a booklet by Boyd Munger titled My Heart Christ’s Home. The booklet shows Jesus touring an imaginary home, stopping in each room to review its contents.

About six decades later I read the booklet again and I revisited this scene over and what I saw startled me a bit, the temptations of each room were even more alluring. The library and living room had streamed the temptations of violence, misused sex, and selfish dialog in greater intensity. The dining room today still offered food that harmed my body or did not satisfy. The workshop still produced things not up to His high standards. The recreation room still lured to activities that Christ would not approve.

The hall closet had been filled with items we no longer used, stored in several rooms added to my house. The study where I communed with God contained numerous Bible websites, but I was often diverted to other addresses, taking from valuable time from communion with my Lord. I’m a bit ashamed to admit this but on some days He was waiting and I never showed up.

The central premise of Munger’s booklet is that I cannot overcome temptations on my own but I must keep turning the keys of my heart-home over to Jesus and let Him be in control.

Christ lived in my heart over the years.

In every room temptation appears.

Things work right when Christ has the key.

Making this happen is up to me.

Life works best when Christ has the key to your heart and is not just a tenant.

  •  Which room of your heart causes the most problems?
  • Which room causes the least problems for you?
  • What does it mean to turn the keys of your heart over to Christ?