When my mother was in her right thinking mind she was always a very positive person, the kind that finds the best thing that will come out of a situation and always in a good mood and willing to help. She was the one everyone went to if they had a cut or scrape that needed mending. I remember when my nephew, who lived next door to us, fell from his bicycle, his legs were so scraped and bleeding and the first thing he said was, “Go get Mimi!” Until he got completely healed up he came over every morning before he left for school for her to clean and re-bandage his wounds. He felt that only she could do it…never mind he had perfectly good parents at home who could have done it just as well…but it had to be Mimi. She put little stickers on all of our outside doors that say, “May all who enter here feel peace”, and it is our hope that anyone who comes in here will feel the peace that passes understanding, the kind that only the Lord can give! Inviting Jesus into your home will bring that sense of peace right on in.
In Luke 19:1-9 we find that Jesus invites HIMSELF into a home, the home of Zacchaeus, who was the head tax man, and quite rich! He wanted desperately to see Jesus, but the crowd was in his way—he was a short man and couldn’t see over the crowd. So he ran on ahead and climbed up in a sycamore tree so he could see Jesus when he came by. When Jesus got to the tree, he looked up and said, “Zacchaeus, hurry down. Today is my day to be a guest in your home.” Zacchaeus scrambled out of the tree, hardly believing his good luck, delighted to take Jesus home with him. Everyone who saw the incident was indignant and grumped, “What business does he have getting cozy with this crook?” Zacchaeus just stood there, a little stunned. He stammered apologetically, “Master, I give away half my income to the poor—and if I’m caught cheating, I pay four times the damages.” Jesus said, “Today is salvation day in this home! Here he is: Zacchaeus, son of Abraham! For the Son of Man came to find and restore the lost.”
When people think of your home, what is their thought? Is it a house of peace, love and safety, or is there fear, arguing, anger, hate, prejudice and disjointed, dysfunctional family members all going their own way in residence? The only person that can make a difference is you, and that’s the truth. I will share something personal with you. I have been divorced for 29 years, yet my children’s father has always been welcome in this home 24/7 and when he comes over here to take the family out to dinner, which is twice a week, he will come in and if there is time will have a cup of coffee and friendly conversation. When he needs prayer for anything he calls me and asks me to pray, and then when the answer comes, as happened yesterday, he calls and gives the praise report and thanks me for praying. How can this happen? It is because I wanted peace in this house. Lay down your pride or revenge or whatever it is you feel and really become what you claim to be, a Christian. I realize that this situation might not be possible for you, but you can at least not say angry words that make your children cringe, remember that children love BOTH parents, no matter who is right or wrong. If what I have said offends you, I am not making a judgment, just saying,invite Jesus in, He is the Prince of Peace and can say about YOUR home “Today is salvation day in this home” as he did in the home of the tax collector, Zacchaeus! Invite Jesus in to dinner and ask Him to stay, the end of the verse says, “the Son of Man came to find and restore the lost”, be restored starting today!