Ever have someone over your house to spend the night during the holidays? Maybe this Easter you have a friend, distant family member, or college buddy passing through? Most of us have had someone in our home that has spent the night. I think for the majority of us we enjoy that… for a little while.
WE SAY “MY HOME IS YOUR HOME”
I was reminded of this when listening to a message from Dave Stone of Southeast Christian Church. Dave pointed out that whenever we have someone spending the night we tell them before going to bed this one simple phrase with a big smile, “My Home Is Your Home!” But we don’t really mean it, do we? Seriously, you don’t really mean that. If you went to bed, you don’t want to hear your guests going through your pantry cooking a midnight snack. You wouldn’t want to wake up with their dirty underwear on the floor of the kitchen or rummaging through your drawers in your bedroom. You definitely wouldn’t want them going through your pocketbook or check statements right? No way!
BUT DO WE MEAN IT?
But this reminded me of how we make statements to Jesus we don’t really mean. We say things like, “I surrender all,” “I am yours, take my life and let it be,” “You are my King of Kings and Lord of Lords…” But many times, we don’t really mean it. We don’t really want Jesus to make himself “at home” in our hearts, going through our laptop history, seeing our habits, and going through our checkbook. But it’s when we realize that God is the Lord of everything we own, it really is, “Jesus, my home, my life, it’s all yours. Come on in.”
Of David. A psalm.
1 The earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it,
the world, and all who live in it;
2 for he founded it on the seas
and established it on the waters.
3 Who may ascend the mountain of the Lord?
Who may stand in his holy place?
4 The one who has clean hands and a pure heart,
who does not trust in an idol
or swear by a false god.
5 They will receive blessing from the Lord
and vindication from God their Savior.
6 Such is the generation of those who seek him,
who seek your face, God of Jacob.
7 Lift up your heads, you gates;
be lifted up, you ancient doors,
that the King of glory may come in.
YOUR GIFT TO JESUS THIS EASTER
Will you let the King of Glory come back into the dark chambers of your heart? Will you welcome Jesus back home in every aspect of your life this Easter? Your one action step after reading this is to consider what is that one area of your life you don’t want to let Jesus see? May that be your gift to Jesus this Easter, may you say to Jesus, “My Home is Your Home” and mean it.