Wednesday, September 27, 2006

Dust Off

Whatever house you enter, stay there and leave from there. And as for those who do not welcome you, when you leave that town, shake the dust from your feet in testimony against them. Then they set out and went from village to village proclaiming the Good News and curing diseases everywhere. Luke 9:4-6

Look how far the ministry has gone since Jesus' time. We have more towns now than ever before. What growth! But can someone come knocking and be let in. Any strangers that come to our doors are scrutinized. We wonder what they have come for, especially today.

Today we have many that refuse to let in people they know unless they call in advance, often with the excuse "We are just leaving." Then come to find out they never left. I often wonder should Jesus come to their doors and knock would he also be sent away without being let in.

One thing about not judging people is also not judging their living quarters. All too often the scenario of not letting people we know who visit on the spur is being caught with a mess, or not dressed as fancily.

But from long ago when the apostles have made their way through the many towns proclaiming the Good News and curing diseases, should they be here today, they would have a hard time being welcome in many homes, considering they are strangers to them. Does this tell us that it would take much for our hearts to be opened, considering how guarded and locked we keep our homes today. They would be doing an awful lot of shaking dust off their feet then.

My living quarters are not as important as my interior self. When Jesus knocks on our doors of our hearts, no matter what shape it is in, let him in, he will help you clean out what mess we have in there. God love him.

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