Several years ago, I read a short pamphlet that compared our hearts and minds to a house with many doors.
Jesus says “I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in and dine with him, and he with Me.” (Revelation 3:20MEV).
How many doors to our hearts and minds do we let Jesus have access to?
Do we even let Him in the front door?
Let Him In
When we first invite Jesus into the front door of our heart and accept His gift of salvation that is just the beginning of all that He wants to do for you and in you.
Thinks of your heart and mind like a house with many rooms. You have the living room, the kitchen, bedrooms, an office, closets and perhaps a few more.
As you go through the rooms of your heart, do you respond to Jesus when He says “I stand at the door and knock”? Do you answer the door or just let Him keep knocking?
Does what you do in each room honor God? Or, are them deep secrets and sins hiding there that need to be cleaned out?
The Living Room
In the living room, we relax and entertain. We have conversations with one another. Do you invite Jesus into this room? If Jesus was actually sitting on the couch with you and you turned on the television, what would you watch? Would you put on what you normally watch or would you have second thoughts and put on something else?
In Philippians 4:8-9 it says:
“Finally, brothers, whatever things are true, whatever things are honest, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue, and if there is any praise, think on these things.”Philippians 4:8-9 MEV
Whatever goes into our heart and mind is what we have a tendency to dwell on. Kind of like our physical bodies. Garbage in, garbage out.
That brings us to the next room, the kitchen. This is where we prepare our meals.
What kind of food are you eating?
What are you drinking?
Are you eating food that is nutritious will help you stay healthy?
God is just as concerned about our physical bodies as he is about our spiritual life and relationship with Him.
If we don’t stay healthy physically, how can we expect to be ready when He calls us?
The food and beverages we eat and drink provide vitamins and nutrients that our bodies need to function correctly so we can work, provide for our families and serve Him.
This can be a touchy one for a lot of people, especially these days where anything goes. However, the Bible explicitly states that marriage is made for one man and one woman and says to keep the marriage bed pure.
I won’t go into a lot of detail, but ask yourself if what goes on in your bedroom honors God?
Would you invite Him into your bedroom? If not, why not?
For some, a bedroom is a place of relaxation, a time to get quiet with God. Spend time with their spouse. Perhaps time to be alone.
Is your bedroom a sanctuary, or, something else?
The Office and Library
How many of you invite Jesus to be with you in the workplace?
Whether you work from home or have to go the office, do you let Jesus guide you?
Do you ask Him to be part of your work life?
I recently listened to an artist named Matt Tommey talk about letting Jesus into every part of your life Your spiritual life, your business life and artistic or creative life. He said that the “Glory of God is man fully alive”.
There is a difference between working for God and working with God.
I never heard it put like that before. So, now, I am trying to ask God this question each day before I start my day “Lord, what can we create together today?”
It’s changed my whole outlook. No matter what kind of work you do, whether you are a writer or an artist, have your own business or are a parent, Jesus wants to be a part of your whole life, not just a small piece of it.
The closets are where we hide all kinds of things. Some of them haven’t been cleaned out in years. We may not even remember what is in them. The same is true of our hearts.
Have you hidden away past hurts, abuses or trauma’s?
Or, have you turned them over to God so that he can heal you and make you whole?
For years, as a kid and as an adult for many years, I struggled with lack of self-worth. I never felt good enough. Even though I was saved at an early age, there was still a lot of lies that I grew up believing about myself. It took a long time, I am now 54, for God to heal me. Whenever, I felt like I did something wrong, or wasn’t perfect, I would fall into a dee depression and close myself off.
I have now learned and continue to learn that it is only by constantly “renewing my mind” with God’s Word and choosing to believe it, that I am able to now embrace my true identity in Christ.
It all starts by letting Him in the front door when Jesus says to you “I stand at the door and knock”. Then, let Him into every room in your heart and mind. It’s a gradual process, but He is patient and will wait for you. You can trust Him.
Also, a great way to connect with God is with devotional books. For instance, they guide me on particular topics or subjects that I may be dealing with in my own life. I’ve written a few devotional books which you can check out on My Books page.
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