I don’t know about you, but I do not want a hollow life. I want it to have meaning–deep, powerful, love filled meaning. And Jesus is the way. He is not just the best way, he is the only way.
I love home decorating. I love magazines, Pinterest, and stores. I love to move stuff around. I love to get new things. And I get caught up in worrying how “cool/nice” my home looks. Is it perfectly put together? Could it be magazine worthy (never)? But still I want it. I want the rooms to reflect our family, be cozy, comfortable, clean–and look really good/pleasing to the eye. Not all bad, right?
And then a verse like this stops me in my tracks.
The actual context is putting Jesus as more important than Moses. “The builder of the home gets higher honor than the home itself.”
And it reminds me that my house can look all sorts of fabulous but without Jesus as the focus, it is not a home at all. Without faith and love of Christ, our home is just brick and mortar and wood. I can gloss over the surfaces as much as I want, but without a strong foundation of joy and obedience, no one will look at it and want to be there. No one will feel safe here. And that is what I really want. Is for Jesus to be in every nook and cranny. How about you?
When our wells are full– deep with fresh, clear, cool, water of the Spirit– we can quench our thirst for what is good, true, and hope filled. But we have to make sure that our well is full. We have to make sure that the water is holy. We must make sure that the well is not tainted, contaminated, muddied.
So how do we do that? We fix our eyes on God, on our Savior, and all that is good and filled with love and hope. We fix our faith on what will lead us in the right direction. We trust the Spirit that speaks from deep within our hearts and follow that. We know what is right. We feel it. We just have to hold tight to it, draw on that.
And peace follows.
Jesus is getting the disciples ready for his death. He is trying to tell them about his resurrection and that he will send the Holy Spirit. He is trying to instill HOPE in them. He is trying to tell them that their belief in his words, his life, his resurrection, will be the truth that guides them for all time. For all people.
Are you letting it guide you? Are you helping others find the truth and letting the spirit guide them? We will all travel many roads, high and lows, but the Spirit is always there with us.
I feel just like this volcano a lot. I think I come across as a bit of a volcano. OK. Maybe a lot like one. I am pretty loud and out there. Especially when I am praising. 🙂 . I am that woman singing at the top of her lungs and dancing away, hands spread wide to feel the Holy Spirit tingling in my fingertips. But people know that I confess Jesus as my savior. I don’t do it to make me look better. I realize that I screw up a lot, and need Jesus continually. Constantly. I do it because I can’t help but reach out to Jesus and praise him. But maybe subconciously I do it to admit and confess how much I need to sacrifice and praise him.
Do you praise and sacrifice continuously? How do you do it?