Welcome Christ Into Your Home

Aletha HinthornThe little book, My Heart Christ's Home, is about a young man who asks Jesus to come into his heart as Savior. Jesus enters the young man's heart and goes from room to room.  

He goes into the kitchen to clean up the desires and appetites of the young man's life. He enters his family room and establishes a daily quiet time with the young man. He goes into the recreation room and changes the recreation in this new believer's life.  

One day, the new believer comes home and finds that Jesus is leaving his heart house and moving onto the back sun porch. The young believer had begun to know the presence of God in his life and didn't want to lose it, so he asked, "Lord Jesus, where are You going?"  

Jesus looks at him and says, "I'm sorry, I can't live here in your heart house. There's an incredible stench. I think it's coming from that hall closet."  

In an instant the young believer knows exactly what Jesus means and he becomes angry. He thinks, "I've given to Jesus everything in this house! Surely, I can just keep one little hall closet. It's just one little thing I want to do, and nobody needs to know about it."

Immediately Jesus reads his mind and says, "That's all right. I'm not making you give it up, but I can't live in the same house with stench coming from that closet."  

Finally he says, "Jesus, I can't clean out the hall closet. I've tried and tried."  

Jesus says, "I know, but I can clean it out. The question is will you give me the key?"  

The new believer struggles, but the thought of losing the presence of Jesus is too great to bear so he takes the key out of his pocket and hands it to Jesus. Jesus unlocks the door and cleans out the dead things, the filth, the impurity, and the death. Then He paints it and fills it with the sweet love and laughter of His presence.  

Dear Jesus, I welcome You into every area of my life.

"Let all that I am praise the LORD; with my whole heart, I will praise his holy name" (Psalm 103:1).