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What's In Your Closet?

What's in Your Closet?

Jesus answered and said to him, If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word; and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our home with him. John 14:23 (NKJV)

I was reading an allegory by Jon Courson once about the above scripture.  It had Jesus knocking on the door of a person's heart, and the door was opened and Jesus came in.  The heart was portrayed as a home, and Jesus began to go from one room to the other throughout the home.  As He came upon each room, He would ask the owner about the activities done in this room.  In this allegory each room represented an area of the person's life and how they lived it.

As Jesus came to the living room, the owner told Him how he loved this room, because it was there that it was quiet and secluded.  Jesus responded, "Great, I'll meet you here each morning and we can talk about what's ahead.  I'll share the Word that My father shared with Me as I was alone in the desert. I'll encourage you and teach you."

What followed was a great thing, as the man would come into the living room and the fireplace would be crackling and Jesus would be there ready to talk and to listen.  But as time went on, things began to get busy in the man's life and he soon found that he couldn't take the time to stop and talk.  One day as he rushed out the door to a business meeting, he caught a glimpse of Jesus sitting there in the room, and he realized that he hadn't talked to Him in a couple of days.  So he stopped right then and there, and walked over in a skeptical way, expecting to be lectured, but Jesus didn't.  There was a smile on His face and He said, "As I was saying...continuing the conversation we had shared the last time we were together..." 

The man realized right then, that there was no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus (Romans 8:1).  He just continues to make Himself available morning by morning.

As Jesus continued throughout the house He would stop and talk about each room and with each conversation, the owner would allow Jesus to come in and do whatever He wanted with each room making the life of the owner better in the process.

One day Jesus asked the owner about the closet, and He commented that there was an odor coming from it; it needed to be cleaned.  But the owner protested, "Ah, its just some old stuff, I'll clean it out one day, you don't need to go in there, in fact I insist that you don't!"

Well from that day forward Jesus stopped coming into the rooms and he stayed in the far corner of the home, but His presence wasn't felt like it was before.  The game room went back to being one that allowed vulgar language and dirty jokes to be spoken, and the peace that once had abound throughout the home, now subsided.  

The owner realizing what was happening quickly called upon Jesus and told Him, "I told You, that You can go into any room, and in fact, I want you to; I need you in every room of my house.  It's just my closet Lord, I can't deal with it right now.  Eventually I will clean it, but not now."

Jesus responded, "All I'm asking, is that you agree with Me that it stinks and that its got to go.  I'll do the rest - but you must give me your permission.

Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with Me. Revelation 3:20 (NKJV)

This is the way it is for us too - Jesus comes to us and he knocks, seeking intimate fellowship. But we have to respond, and when we do respond, we have to be willing to allow Him access to every room within the home of our heart - even the stinky, smelly closet.  Some might protest, "You don't know what I have in my closet..." I would respond, "God doesn't care what we have in there, we just have to confess it for what it is, and allow Him to clean it up."  That's right, He will do the cleaning!

If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 1 John 1:9 (NKJV)

I want to encourage you today to answer the door, don't just ignore it.  Only you can open it, as it only has a handle on the inside.  Jesus won't force it open; He will just wait patiently on you.

STUDY QUESTION: What does 1 John 1:9 tell us about Jesus?

PERSONAL INVENTORY:  What is so valuable in your closet that you can't get rid of it?  Is fear driving you from allowing Christ to do a spring cleaning on your heart?

APPLICATION:  Give the Lord free rein into all the rooms of your heart, and watch the grasp of sin be smashed as you are set free from the bondage of the Evil one.

Father, I give You the freedom to clean out all the rooms in my heart.  Come reside within me, and fellowship with me in the way You've always intended.  Thank You for being so patient with me, and thank You for Your grace and mercy.  In Jesus' name, amen...

Be Blessed, Pastor Scott

Copyright ©2017 by Pastor Scott Wright.
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