What would happen if Jesus came to my house?

As I sit pondering this question I am in reasonable peace and quiet, window seat in Nero’s, had an Americano and there is a slight unease at my response to God’s question…

‘What would happen if Jesus came to my house?’

These are some of the answers I found myself giving…

  • Probably shout less or be embarrassed that I’m shouting so much
  • Feel uncomfortable… I’d probably want to run and cook a large meal, clean the house, sort the washing… Just like Martha

The story I’m referring to is Mark 1:29-34… Jesus heals many including Simon’s mother-in-law…

The first sentence simply states ‘after Jesus left the synagogue… They went to Simon and Andrews home.’

  • Left the synagogue… I don’t know about you but after Sunday morning at church I feel shattered… So adding to that list above… ‘If Jesus came to my house’… I’d add I’d be grumpy and tired after church…

Seriously, though, if Jesus came to my house, I’m pretty sure something extraordinary would happen.

He heals Simon’s mother-in-law from a fever. They have a meal and then, ‘after sunset’.. the real power starts to flow and he begins to heal the sick and cast out demons.

Why after sunset? Well the sick and demon-possessed have been hidden away for the Sabbath. Now that the Sabbath is over – sunset to sunset – they feel comfortable enough to come out. They are unclean. Unwelcome. Ashamed of their position.

But when Jesus visited Simon’s house their shame and fear was taken away. They were healed. Set free. Cleansed. Made clean!!!

What would happen if Jesus came to my house? I’m pretty sure all my imperfections, frustrations, minor ailments, would be overlooked as His loving, acceptance brought cleansing and healing to my family and I.

Furthermore, people from my neighborhood would be blessed too. My neighbours would be healed and delivered. Revival would come to our street.

The point is Jesus is in my home. He is in my life. He is known to my family. The Spirit of God lives within me and our desire is to make Him at home…

My next question, therefore ought to be, ‘Am I actively pursuing the ministry of Jesus?’ He healed a friend’s mother-in-law, healed the sick and cast out demons.

We see the imperfections and failures of our lives but in the midst of all of these Jesus is at work within us and, therefore, I have have faith to believe, within those whom God has entrusted us to build relationship with and fellowship with…

Let us pray…

Lord Jesus, may we live daily in the knowledge that you are present in our homes. May they become places of healing, reconciliation, deliverence and acceptance. May we actively pursue the things of your Kingdom so that when we are asked the question, ‘what would happen if Jesus came to my home?’ we could say with confidence He is already here. Look at the fruit. Amen.

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Sharing the Yoke Pt. 3

‘Simply join your life with mine. Learn my ways and you’ll discover that I’m gentle, humble and easy to please…’ – Matthew 11:29 (Passion Translation)

You may recall in the previous two blogs we have been thinking about Jesus’ invitation to become relationally and covenantally connected to Him. This relationship is intimate and life-giving. It is a relationship of oneness that resembles Jesus’ own relationship with The Father.

Jesus outlined this way of living as this 1) come to me, 2) take my yoke upon you and 3) learn from me.

In this final part of this blog series, we shall take a look at what it means to ‘learn from Jesus’ and how we can position ourselves to learn from him.

Some years ago, I was in Anaheim and visited the Vineyard church there. In the foyer was a large sculpture of the above depiction of Jesus washing Peters feet. As I stood looking at the sculpture. Some children were climbing on Jesus back. God began to show me that Jesus had such an affinity with children, that even in such a sacred act, should they have climbed on him he wouldn’t have minded. The audacity of those children climbing on such a ‘sacred’ monument visualised for me the audacity that Jesus expects of us when we come to Him.

Earlier on in the passage, Jesus is praying to the Father and he says this… ‘Father… you have hidden the great revelation of your authority from those who are proud and wise in their own eyes. Instead, you have shared it with those who humble themselves. Yes, Father, your plan delights your heart, as you’ve chosen this way to extend your kingdom – by giving it to those who have become like trusting children.’ – (Matt 11:25-26 Passion)

Following Jesus, being in oneness of heart with Him, requires of us this attitude… ‘becoming like trusting children.’ Humble. Gentle. And willing to be both listening and inquisitive. Jesus wants us to have the audacity of children to climb on His back (or be yoked to Him) in simple trust and to learn from Him.

Jesus modelled this learning by the way He lived. The perfect example found in the story of Jesus washing Peters’ feet as depicted in the sculpture above (John 13). Here Jesus models the humility of a servant.

Everything Jesus wanted His disciples to become was modelled out in His life. Healing. Deliverance. Feeding the poor. Raising the status of women and children. Even raising the dead!

This is the challenge… ‘Learn from me…’ Learning means to watch the example set and follow that example… the rabbi [teacher] – disciple [student, follower] relationship. And its only in becoming like humble, trusting children that this happens. This mean laying down our understanding and our natural abilities and our intellect BUT taking up Christs’ life in ours and living in intimate, oneness with Him, not only relationally, but in action too. His life flows through ours to express the Heart of the Father, just as Jesus did.

This is where we truly find rest for our souls and refreshing for our lives and those around us.

Jesus’ invitation is extended to you today… ‘come… live… learn…’

What will your response be to such a life-giving, thirst quenching, invitation and challenge?

God bless you

Oliver