If Jesus came to your house to spend a day or two –
If He came unexpectedly, I wonder what you’d do.
Oh, I know you’d give your nicest room to such an honored Guest,
And all the food you’d serve to Him would be the very best,
And you would keep assuring Him you’re glad to have him there –
That serving Him in your own home is joy beyond compare.
But when you saw Him coming, would you meet Him at the door
With arms outstretched in welcome to your heavenly Visitor?
Or would you have to change your clothes before you let Him in?
Or hide some magazines and put the Bible where they’d been?
Would you turn off the radio and hope He hadn’t heard?
And wish you hadn’t uttered that last, loud, hasty word?
Would you hide your worldly music and put some hymn books out?
Could you let Jesus walk right in, or would you rush about?
And I wonder – if the Savior spent a day or two with you,
Would you go right on doing the things you always do?
Would you go right on saying the things you always say?
Would life for you continue as it does from day to day?
Would your family conversation keep up it’s usual pace?
And would you find it hard each meal to say a table grace?
Would you sing the songs you always sing, and read the books you read,
And let Him know the things on which your mind and spirit feed?
Would you take Jesus with you everywhere you’d planned to go?
Or would you, maybe, change your plans for just a day or so?
Would you be glad to have Him meet your very closest friends?
Or would you hope they’d stay away until His visit ends?
Would you be glad to have Him stay forever on and on?
Or would you sigh with great relief when He at last was gone?
It might be interesting to know the things that you would do
If Jesus Christ in person came to spend some time with you.
~Last Sunday’s message on Pursuing Intimacy with Christ: Enoch’s Pattern, Pastor Ricky Sarthou shared this poem by Lois Blanchard Eades. You know, how we relate with Jesus privately represents how we relate with Him publicly?
If Jesus were to visit me now, I’d probably disappoint Him of the things I failed to do as a Christian. Do I walk my talk? Do I bring glory to His name, or instead, a shame? Do I inspire people and bring them closer to His presence?
Enoch, when he was still young, made a choice. He chose to follow and walk closely with Jesus. He was a man who pleased God and through his life, he spoke for His name; and eventually, God took him to stay in His presence forever.
The Bible says, two people don’t walk together unless they agreed (Amos 3:3). There are two parties to the walk–the Lord Jesus and you and me. He’s game for it; but, are we? A life of intimacy with God is the only life worth living. The earlier we choose to walk with Him, the better. That’s why I’m renewing my commitment, so that, as I walk with Him, I’ll be guided–through my words, thoughts and actions. The end goal? That I may be able to pursue intimacy with Him and that I would also be commended as someone who pleased Him and put a big smile on His face.
Walk with God. Please Him. Speak for Him with your life testimony. Be taken and captivated by His love and promises.
It’s a decision. It’s a commitment.