Years ago, a little booklet called My Heart, Christ’s Home, challenged us to move from viewing Christ as a guest in our hearts to giving Him full ownership and control of our lives. One morning I woke up with that analogy on my mind.
I thought about my literal house as a picture of my soul. I imagined the clash in priorities Christ and I might have if He came to help me bring order to my home.
Here is my imagined conversation with Christ:
“Let’s tackle the front porch. After we power wash it, we can give it a fresh coat of paint. Instant impact, and everyone sees the front porch,” I said.
Christ shook His head. “Your desk needs organizing.”
“No one sees my desk,” I pushed back.
“But you spend a lot of time there,” He said. “Your life will flow better if you cleaned out the distractions and organized your priorities.”
“But my desk overpowers me,” I whined. “I don’t know how to bring order to it.”
“Will you let me help you?” His warm eyes sparkled. I stared back and nodded. I wanted order, but the project overwhelmed me.
We dove in together. He held up papers and asked what I planned to do with the thoughts listed. We laughed and compiled heaps to be filed and tossed. The tedious task flew by as we worked together. He helped me separate the useful from the useless.
The work from my desk flowed the following weeks with ease. Jesus was right. Even though no one saw my desk, they sampled the work that came from it.
“Are we ready to tackle the porch?” I asked one morning.
“I’d like to see your pantry.”
“My pantry? No one sees the pantry. The porch is front and center.” When I saw He wasn’t bending I asked, “Could we at least talk about new window treatments for the family room?”
Jesus smiled and said, “I thought you wanted more energy. Let’s look at what you’re eating.”
Inwardly I groaned but motioned Him to the space. He zeroed in on a shelf of brownie and cake mixes.
“For company,” I stammered. “Look at these,” I pointed to a box of vitamins.
He held up a bottle. “This has an expiration date of 2002.”
“Uh, did you see my cookbooks?” I whispered.
He picked one up and thumbed through it. I noticed for the first time that only the dessert section showed use…
Back to Real Life
As I imagined this exchange, I realized my project list tackled areas people would see and appreciate. I wanted my efforts to show. My Lord wants better. He wants me to prosper. He addresses my weak spots, not to shame me but to free me, so I will soar.
Why would I settle for a spiffy renovation when I can experience lasting transformation? Now to tackle my desk!
Let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up. And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us. Heb. 12:1 #success, #devotional Click To Tweet
Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith, let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up. And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us. We do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus, the champion who initiates and perfects our faith. Because of the joy awaiting him, he endured the cross, disregarding its shame. Now he is seated in the place of honor beside God’s throne” (Heb. 12:1-2 NLT).
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