Clean home, Clean soul

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Foxes have dens, and birds of the sky have nests, but the Son of Man has no place to lay His Head (Luke 9:58)

In our lives, we allow for other things to take rest whether this is our television dramas, our work or even our families, but when it comes to the Lord we tend to close the door on him because our spiritual houses are not clean. We tend to ask God every day to come into our lives or why we don’t feel his presence as others do. My question to all of us is who are we opening our doors too?

If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come into him and have dinner with him, and he with Me (Revelations 3:20)

Defining Key Terms:

So let us understand the Key Terms mentioned within the two scriptures above:

  • “Son of Man”

Another title given to Jesus, for despite being conceived by the Holy Spirit, He was birthed from the womb of a virgin woman and raised by a man

  • “Foxes” and “Birds of the Sky”

These creatures are typically wild and roam around for prolonged hours in empty locations. Foxes within the bible often symbolise barrenness because of the state of the environment where they hunt for food,

‘Because of the mountain of Zion, which is desolate, the foxes walk upon it.'(Lamentation 5:18).

Here we have a creature that wonders an empty land  (fox) and a creature that wonders an empty sky (bird) all for food. Yet Jesus’ home place is full of abundance, His title as ‘Prince’ means he need not hunt, there are angels assigned to protect and support him ( see Psalms 91:11), however, because of how much he was willing to sacrifice for us he forsook all these things to search for us here on Earth, a barren land in comparison to his origins. However, unlike the foxes which have dens and the birds which have nests, nobody has welcomed Jesus in. These simple creatures have homes to go to, but we have not created a home for Jesus who is greater than these creatures.

  • “Hear”

To hear is an action which establishes good communication

  • “Dinner”

The main meal of the day.

I want you to think about what the word ‘dinner’ means in reference to the second scripture outside of the initial definition provided above.

Deeper exploration

Now that we have established a definition of the key terms, let us explore the context as understanding the context will enable us to understand what the author’s intention. One of the best ways to understand the context is by reading the previous or preceding verses or chapters to the one we are studying.

When we read the previous verses we come to understand that ( Luke 9:58) is Jesus responding to a statement given by one of the people in the crowd. Who declared his desire to follow the Lord.

(Luke 9:57) “I will follow You wherever You go!”

We clearly, recognise that this was someone who believed Jesus to be the Messiah (another word for a saviour) of man, and who really wanted to be a part of His ministry. I believe many of us can relate to this individual who desires for God to operate in their lives and who desires to be a part of His ministry in some way or form. However, Christ’s response ( Luke 9:58) to this statement seems rather unusual and slightly of topic ( much like many of His responses to people), but we can understand it in two folds.

The First:

To follow Jesus you may have to go to places you are not welcomed. As established Jesus gave up everything, His deity and His royalty, as a man he had to wholly depend on God and trust Him wholeheartedly for the places where He was going to would most likely not embrace Him. So similarly, if we wish to follow Christ we must also be prepared to wonder the deserts with no shelter to rest, we must also be willing to give up everything, our homes, our livelihoods everything for His cause. Notice, how Christ did not stop the individual from trying to follow Him or the other two individuals in (verses 59-62), He wants us to follow Him but how prepared are we to be roaming in the wilderness for His sake.

The Second: 

For Jesus to enter into your life you must be willing to let go of any burden. We as followers of Christ are meant to be the place where Christ can lay His head and reside. We are meant to be His home, his den, his nest (Read 1Corinthians 3:16). Many of us get frustrated or wonder why we don’t see Jesus doing the great miracles in our lives, but have we actually made room for Jesus to come in. This brings us nicely to Revelations 3:20 If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come into him and have dinner with him, and he with Me (Revelations 3:20)

An un-clean girls bedroom
Image of messy bedroom: Image does not belong to me

My un-clean spiritual house

I am generally a messy person and I often wonder how I remain organised with my work and everything else when my bedroom looks like a bomb site: that to me is the greatest miracle. With all joking aside, whilst at University my room had reached the epitome of messy and I was waiting for an off-day to make the mess look less like a mess and I had been putting it off for a while. Then one day I had a dream, and in my dream, my mum had come to visit me unexpectedly, and from my bedroom, I could see her getting out of the car wearing very beautiful clothes as if she was going to the Oscars, I quickly turned around and looked at the mess before me and wondered how on earth I could clean my room in time before my mother got to the front door. I woke up that morning and scrubbed every corner of the room.

The meaning of this dream was to tell me to a) clean my actual room, but most importantly b) clean my spiritual house. For my room in my dream represented my spiritual self (messy and unkempt), my mother represented Jesus Christ dressed for a wonderful occasion. However, my room was so messy that I would not have been able to let my mother in to sit down and have tea and nor did I have enough time to prepare it for her arrival. In the same manner, my spiritual body was cluttered and I would not have time to clean it or make room for Jesus to enter in.

Although I laughed with my mum about how messy I am and how much the angels around me had had enough of staying in a pigsty. The truth of the matter is, I missed the opportunity to sit and converse with Jesus in my own room one-on-one because I had allowed junk (pride, school, shame you name it) to take up space in my life that there was no space left for Christ, when we were made a new clean creation that did not mean we could revert to our former-self. I am sure this might ring true for some of you who may be allowing work, parties, TV shows and even family to unnecessarily take up space that ought to belong to Christ. What are you holding onto that is preventing Jesus from entering into your home?

Christ is looking for a place to lay His Head and is knocking at your door like in Revelations 3:20, but, is our spiritual home clean?


 “I will come in to him and have dinner with him”

Rev 3:20

Notice how he doesn’t say I will come into his house’  but rather “I will come into him”, When we accepted Christ as our Lord and saviour we accepted him to not just be present in our lives for special occasions but to be a part of our lives, to be living and breathing within us. He wants to dine with us. I asked you earlier to think of what is meant by the word ‘dinner’, when I had a look into the Greek translation for this I found that the word deipneo is used in this sentence, and is used only 3 other times in the New Testament and in most cases referring to the Last Supper in which Christ broke and shared His body and blood for us. When Christ comes into your house, he doesn’t want to just look at your pretty decor but to give all that he is to you for when we commune with Him, we have “eternal life.. and the one who eats My flesh and drinks My blood lives in Me, and I in him” (John 6:54 &56)

In my dream, I was already committed born-again Christian but I had let many things pre-occupy my thoughts and rather than my spiritual house being clean, it was too filthy to let Jesus in. I ask you are you willing to let go of the junk in your life to let Jesus in and have a fruitful relationship with Him?

Prayer

Father, I pray that you may create in me a clean heart Oh Lord and renew a right spirit within me, help me keep my candle-light burning for you so that I may be judged in your eyes as holy and clean before your sight.

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