” Behold, I stand at the door, and knock:
if any man hear my voice, and open the door,
I will come in to him, and will sup with him,
and he with me.”
My husband and I spent this past weekend redecorating our little girl’s bedroom. What started out as a drab, in-much-need-of remodeling room, has now been transformed into a cozy, purple bedroom, fit for a princess ( that is what her daddy calls her).
As I was thinking about all of the work that was done this weekend to get Princess D’s bedroom ready for her, I was reminded of a story that my Mom would tell when I was a little girl:
A long time ago, there was a man who had a house. One day he decided to invite a guest to come and live in his house. The guest’s name was Jesus. At the man’s request, Jesus gladly moved into his home and began to live there.
One day the man and Jesus were visiting and Jesus told the man that there were some things that needed to be done in his house. Jesus had been looking around and had found some things that were in need of repair. Jesus kindly asked the man if it would be alright for Him to do some remodeling.
The man thought about the offer for a moment, and decided that, yes, there was one room that needed to have some work done. The man led Jesus down the hall to a particular room and unlocked the door. Jesus went in and began to move things around. He did away with things that were not healthy for the man to have, and Jesus turned the cold, drab room into something beautiful.
The man was happy with Jesus living in his house. He enjoyed the fellowship.
As time went on, from time to time Jesus would mention other rooms that needed to be cleaned out. The man would unlock the door for Jesus, and Jesus would begin to clean each room out, removing what was dirty and unhealthy, and turning that room into something beautiful.
The man began to notice a change in his house. He realized how good it felt each time he would listen to Jesus’ word, unlock a door, and allow Jesus to go in and clean out each room.
One day, however, as the man and Jesus were talking, Jesus asked about a room that was in the back of the house. Jesus told the man that He would like to go in and clean out that room because he noticed something especially foul-smelling coming from it. The man knew immediately which room Jesus was talking about but refused to let Jesus in. The man told Jesus, “You can have any room in my house except for this room.”
As time passed the man noticed that things in his house were different. He and Jesus did not talk as much as they once did.
After some time had passed, Jesus asked the man again about letting Him in to the room in the back so that He could clean it out and make it clean and beautiful like the rest of the house. Once again, the man told Jesus, ” You can have any room in this house except for that one; it belongs to me.”
One day, the man came home from work and Jesus was no longer in the house. When the man asked Jesus why he had moved out, Jesus told him that He could not live in the house with that foul-smelling room in it. Jesus told the man that he needed to let him in to clean out the room in order for there to be fellowship between the two again.
The man knew just what was in that back room that he kept locked up for himself, but he missed the fellowship that he once had with Jesus. He missed the way that his house felt when he let Jesus come in and take control of each room.
With shameful tears in his eyes, the man handed the keys over to Jesus. He told Jesus what He would find in the room. The man told Jesus that he was sorry for keeping it locked away from Him for so long.
With love in His eyes, Jesus looked at the man and said, “My child, I know what is in that room. That is why I want to clean it our for you. I can turn that foul, dirty room into something beautiful again.”
Hand-in-hand Jesus and the man returned to the house. The man walked to the back room, unlocked the door and allowed Jesus to go in. Jesus began to clean the room out. He threw away all the things that were foul and unclean, he filled the room with His light, and He turned it into the most beautiful room in the house.
What does your “House” look like? Does Jesus live there? Have you given Him the keys to every door, and asked Him to go in and clean up?
Jesus already knows what He is going to find. There is nothing too dark, nothing too nasty, and nothing too foul for Jesus to fix.
You see, just like our physical homes, our spiritual homes need to be worked on as well. As we allow Jesus to come in and clean out those dark, drab places, He will turn them into something beautiful!
I encourage you today, let Jesus into every part of your heart. Do not keep parts of it locked away for yourself. You see, Jesus can not dwell in a heart with sin. The Bible tells us:
“No man can serve two masters:”
Will you let Jesus in? Will you let Him come in and dwell in your house today?
I would love to hear from you. I would like to pray for you as well. You are always welcome to leave a comment here for me, or you can also send me an email.
God bless you today!
- Jesus in the Cold (lindahumes.wordpress.com)