John 8:36 – So if the Son makes you free, you will be free indeed. (RSV)
I was busy at the computer one morning, and I got tired of listening to the aggravating buzzing of a fly around the room. I was tempted to go and get the fly swatter, but as we all know, as soon as we get that in our hand, the word is out, and the flies disappear, right?
When it became obvious that the buzzing was coming from the window area, I got up and slowly opened the window for it to fly out. Instead, the silly thing flew back into the room. I stood and waited for it to come around again and maybe then it would see its freedom. Again, it flew around, but it did not take advantage of my generous offer of freedom. This only lasted a few more flights around the room, but then, it saw the light and flew out.
Wow! It hit me that this is just like us: God offers us forgiveness as a way out of our sin, and we may fly around the idea but not accept His offer of freedom. Eventually, we may do so. Sooner — rather than later — would be the best, but God is patient and understanding, so He waits.
I cannot explain accurately just how I felt when I opened the window and the fly flew out! Wow! I gave it its freedom, instead of using the fly swatter. Thank You, Jesus, for offering us life instead of death. Thank You for being patient and understanding in the process.
- Heart's Door
Thank You, Jesus …
For standing at my heart's door
Waiting to give me so much more.
If He isn't within you, I implore
Quickly open your heart's door.
He will give you love, peace, and joy.
Oh! to seek His warm and wonderful grace
Just look up and focus on that loving face.
Jesus is there through thick and thin,
He will take you out of bondage and sin.
Ask Jesus in, He'll give you so much more
But first, you have to open your heart's door.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, we thank You so much for Your patience. You love us so much and have only good things to give us. Help us to realize what we have in You, Lord. Please bring people to the point of opening their hearts and asking You in, so that they, like the fly, will have freedom and abundant life. In Your precious name, we pray. Amen.