Who are you inviting to dinner?

Easter 2013Mother has been gone a little over a month and I have pushed back the reality of it all because it was easier than stopping and thinking about how bad I miss her. I was overwhelmed when my dad died but mother was there for me to take care of so I had to keep pushing, but with her gone I am suddenly missing both of them so much. Today I realized that daddy’s birthday falls on Easter Sunday this year and that mother’s birthday would be next month and had she lived she would have been ninety-one! She was always a very positive person, the kind that found the best that would come out of any situation. She was always in a good mood and willing to help, the one everyone went to if they had a cut or scrape that needed mending, or a problem they needed to talk about.

We have little stickers on our doors that say “May all who enter here feel peace”, and our hope is that anyone who comes here will feel the peace that passes understanding 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 desperately wanted 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 do they think? Is it a house of peace, love and safety, or is it more fear, arguing, anger, hate, prejudice and disjointed, dysfunctional family members all going their own way? The only person that can make a difference is you, and that’s the truth.

I will share something personal with you. I was divorced from my husband when my son was four and my daughter was fourteen and I felt very hurt yet my children’s father was always welcome in this home 24/7 and he still shares a cup of coffee and conversation when ever he comes by and when he needs prayer for anything he will call and ask me to pray, and then when the answer comes, as happened recently, he calls and gives the praise report and thanks me for praying. Why can this happen? It happens because I wanted peace in this house. Lay down pride or revenge or whatever it is you feel and become what you claim to be, a Christian. I realize that this situation may be special and 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 truly sorry and I am not making a judgment, I’m 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 Zacchaeus!

When you invite Jesus in to dinner ask Him to stay!  The end of the verse, Luke 19:9, says, “the Son of Man came to find and restore the lost”, you can be restored starting today!

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