Join us this season as we RETHINK CHRISTMAS by refocusing our attention on Jesus, who, as the MAKER of creation, was born in a MANGER, taking on all our limitations; who went to the cross, defeated every foe as the rightful MESSIAH, and ascended to be seated on the throne in MAJESTY. Make our daily devotionals a part of your regular rhythm of spiritual growth.
It Begins with Jesus
“And the Word became flesh, . . .” John 1:14
The infant Jesus’ first appearance is in the synagogue, the most sacred place – the heart of life and faith. This is where it begins for you and me. Before there was doctrine, theology, structures, systems, denominations, long before committees, councils or Christian culture, there was Jesus, the heart of life and faith, the source of salvation.
Salvation is a word we often hear inside the church walls, although few know its meaning. Thundering from pulpits and street preachers towards the listeners, the question, “Are you saved?” is often met with blank stares and empty hearts. Perhaps it’s better to ask, “Is your guilt gone?” or “Is your conscience clear?” or maybe “Has Jesus made His home in you?”
Amidst our hurried, anxious world, Jesus wants to make His home in you. Home is that sacred place where we don’t have to be afraid, where we can live with confidence. Home is where you hear the voice of God’s love and experience the freedom of being His.
Today we have the homeless sleeping on the streets, filling shelters, but we also have wealthy, upwardly-mobile, successful, homeless people because they have never found their home in Jesus. The spiritually lost and dislocated seek safety in substance, success, social status, even a little spirituality. The homeless hearts become strangers to themselves, the lights are on, but nobody is home.
Jesus calls us to stop our running and endless searches. He calls us to give up our desire to appear good, to let go of our posturing of being good. He calls us to step away from the preoccupation with projecting perfection and self-conscious living so that He can make His home in us. Stop being afraid; turn around and run into Jesus.
Today you have a home, Jesus is your home, claim Him as your home, it’s right where you are, in your innermost being – in your heart. If your heart is homeless, would you invite Jesus in by praying, “Jesus, I’m a sinner, You are the Savior. Make Your home in me.” Now, share your moment of salvation with someone in your family.