My Heart -- Christ's Home
When we accept Jesus as our Lord and Savior, it is a bit like opening your home up to a guest. So the analogy of Jesus becoming an inmate of the home, really helps us to understand the importance of surrendering all of our sin, and spending time with Him every day.
The first room you show Him is the living room. It's a nice cozy room with a fireplace and a comfortable sofa. He then says to you, 'Why don't we set aside some time each morning to talk and read from the Bible. And you say, that would be a great idea! So the next day, and the next, you had this time with Him. And you really enjoyed it.
But somehow, as the burden of responsibilities pressed on you, gradually, you start shortening your time every morning, and then you would start skipping days with Him, and finally you entirely forgot about it.
And one morning, as you are rushing down the stairs to go to an appointment, you notice that Jesus is sitting in the living room. All of sudden you realize that you have totally forgotten about your most precious guest! You say, 'I am so sorry that I've forgotten about You! Have you been here every morning? And he says,'Yes'. You then feel even more ashamed. You say, 'You have been faithful to be here every morning, but I, the host have been not been faithful in my time with you! Will you forgive me for not having my time with you?' And he says,'Of course I forgive you'.
The spiritual lesson we can learn is that we will sometimes spend lots of time with our Lord, but gradually, our time with Him becomes less and less, until we forget about Him, just because of all the busyness of life! And when we forget to spend time with Him, we are being just as rude as forgetting about your guests that you had invited to your home! How careful we must be to keep Satan from distracting us with things that aren't evil in themselves, but they tend to get us too busy to spend time with God! This reminds me of the text in Matthew 13:22 that says,'He also that received seed among the thorns is he that heareth the word; and the cares of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches choke the word, and he becometh unfruitful.'
It only takes a little distraction to for us to neglect our time with Jesus, because that distraction becomes bigger and bigger until we're just too busy for communion with God.
As soon as we neglect our time with our Savior, immediately we will become a sport of the enemy!Let us always be faithful to spend time with our Lord!
I'll write more on this subject in a future post. :)