Everywhere I look, I’m noticing a trend and I bet you are too. Believers are using social media…like it has nothing to do with God. Believers are managing (or mismanaging) relationships…like they have nothing to do with God. Believers are making choices in their personal lives…like those choices have nothing to do with God.
I do this myself. I while back I was hurt by the words and opinions of someone close to me, and I spun for days trying to think of every possible way to respond. My first reaction was to lash out or cut this person out; it certainly wasn’t to bring this situation to God.
Why do we act like so much of our lives has nothing to do with God?
If we really trust Jesus with our eternal salvation, why don’t we trust Him with our daily lives?
There is a better way.
Jesus is standing at the door of your heart, knocking. He says, “Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with him, and he with me.” In Revelation 3:20, the apostle John documented these words of Christ to the church at Laodicea, a church that experienced the salvation of God but then became complacent and lukewarm in their faith. These believers allowed their comfortable lifestyles to lull them into a kind of spiritual sleepiness. They may have believed, but they ignore their own need for an ongoing, vibrant relationship with Christ.
Could the same be said of you and of me? Are we so comfortable that we forget to let God in? Do we forget our great need for a relationship with our maker?
Jesus wants to come in, and sit with you, and talk with you like a friend at your kitchen table would. He wants to enter into all your questions, doubts, anxieties and wounds. My friend, God already knows you, through and through. He knows your history, your thoughts, your dreams, and your frustrations. Because He knows you, He has the answers you need in the “small” stuff as well as the big stuff. He can guide your words and actions, your thoughts and how you express them. But to enjoy the tangible benefits of that kind of intimacy, you have to let God in.
Today, before heading off to work, let Him in. Invite Him to guide your thinking and decision-making.
Before hitting “send” or “publish,” let Him in. Seek His confirmation that your words honor Him and the people He created.
Before giving up on that difficult relative, let Him in. Evaluate whether God’s grace, humility and unity governs your own behavior.
Before pursuing a personal goal or making any kind of decision, let Him in. Ask Him for His direction and then be bold enough to follow it.
Will you let God in today?
The question is more difficult than it seems, because in our complacency we habitually ignore His knocking. Not only that, but once we’ve invited Him in, we sometimes don’t like what He says. He might ask us to swallow our pride, face our own sin, own up to our own mistakes. When I finally took my situation to God in prayer, He revealed some ways that I had contributed to an unhealthy pattern of communication with this loved one. I had to own that before I could heal and move forward. It wasn’t easy.
So yes, it can be hard, but whether we let God in matters deeply, because there’s someone else lurking at your door. Before Cain murdered his brother, God said to him, “…sin is crouching at your door; it desires to have you, but you must master it” (Genesis 4:7). Sadly, Cain invited sin in, murdered his brother, and suffered the consequences. “Cain went out from the Lord’s presence” (Genesis 4:16). Like Cain, we get to choose who we invite into our homes and our hearts. And when we leave the Lord out in the cold, we are inviting the devil in.
It is time to start living as if Jesus is both Eternal Savior and Lord of our daily lives. It is time we let Him in to every detail. When we do, we experience an intimacy that leads to His perfect guidance and faithful empowerment in any question, challenge, worry or problem we have. Even better, His presence within us shines like a light pouring out from the windows and doors of our hearts, inviting others to want more of God for themselves.
All because we let Him in.
Something to think about! Love y’all!