As you probably know, “Bethel” means “house of God.” Jacob had a dream in a city named Luz. Through that dream he realized God’s presence in that place and so renamed it Bethel.
Through the blood of His cross, Jesus Christ has marked all humanity as His own. The heavens and the earth are now His house. We live, therefore, in the house of God.
Do you know God is present? We say He is omnipresent, but do you really believe that? If you do, it changes your life like no other single thought can.
He is with you when you stand up and when you sit down. He is with you when you go out and come in. Once we have awakened like Jacob from our dreamlike state, we must rename the place in which we dwell as Bethel, for surely the Lord is in this place.
Regarding the renaming of the place in which we dwell, I am speaking figuratively, of course. It is the interior of our minds that must be re-mapped to acknowledge the presence of the Lord Jesus Christ at all times and in all places. Jacob lived under the old covenant and made an outward declaration to remind himself. We live under the new covenant and pursue a constant inward awareness of the One Jacob longed to know. That for which he wrestled has been given to us freely. And much more.
If you are not living in Bethel, you are not yet awake.