My Heart - Christs Home
Bob Munger wrote a wonderful booklet, "My
Heart Christ's Home" (Inter Varsity Press, 1954). In it he describes a
Christian who invites Christ to come in, settle down, and make Himself
at home in his heart. The day this fellow invited Christ into his heart
Every morning the Lord and he would rise
early, sit together, plan the day, and talk in beautiful, warm fellowship.
As the days went by, the Christian gradually
began getting up too late to enjoy this fellowship. Seeing Jesus sitting
and waiting for him, he'd say, "Lord, I'm in a hurry today. But I'll be
back tomorrow." Then he'd rush out the door. After many days
passed, the man longed for real fellowship with the Lord.
Early one morning he stopped by, sat down,
and said, "Oh, Lord, I've missed this!" He was surprised to hear Him say,
"I've missed it, too."
One day the Christian came home from work
and the Lord said, "There's a horrible smell in this house. I located it
in the closet upstairs, but the closet door is locked."
The man said, "I've given You the whole
house. All I've kept for myself is that little closet upstairs. Why can't
You just ignore it?"
"I can't live in the same house with that
smell," Jesus said. "Either it goes or I go."
The man softened. "Actually, I've tried
to clean that up for a long time, but I don't think I can, Lord."
The Lord said, "Will you give me the permission
to clean it up for you? Just give me the key, and I'll take care of it."
The man reluctantly handed over the key.
The Lord went to work. He cleaned and scrubbed until He got rid of the
stink and filth in that closet. Though the Christian was unable to do the
job himself, he discovered that the Lord would do it, if only he would
yield. After the work was done, fellowship between the two was better than
Maybe you have a locked closet in your
heart. The Lord is saying, "This area of the flesh that you still serve
must go." Simply give Him the key. He'll do a terrific job of cleaning
the mess in that old, smelly closet.
Author ~ Bob Munger
The Infant Samuel at prayer
Oh God, Our Help in Ages Past.
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