I have known women over the years who have gone absolutely all out when it comes to being hostesses whereby they have done anything and everything imaginable to host people in their homes. From scrubbing the house clean to food shopping to cooking and baking to buying flowers and gifts to planning activities and events and inviting others over to join them to getting their own selves prepared in the way of haircuts, outfits, makeup, etc. and on and on they have gone in their exceeding efforts to make their guests feel welcome and loved and to enjoy their time visiting.
When we turn from our sins, believe in Jesus Christ as Lord and in His death and resurrection, truly turning our lives over to God and His ways, we are forgiven, promised an everlasting relationship with God, and God’s Holy Spirit comes to LIVE inside us. Please note the Holy Spirit doesn’t just come for a visit. He comes to remain inside us to love, empower, equip, strengthen, teach, comfort, help, transform etc. us and to give us the courage and boldness to help others to devote their lives to the Lord. He doesn’t just come for a VISIT. He comes to ABIDE in us. He comes to REMAIN in us. To STAY. The Spirit of God comes to LIVE in and through us.
If a good hostess goes all out to welcome and love her guests, I can’t even begin to imagine the indescribable lengths we should go to day in and day out to make the Holy Spirit to feel welcome and loved in DWELLING in we who follow Jesus. But are we? Are you and I going all out day in and day out to make the Spirit of God to feel loved and welcome inside us? Are we striving to love, honor, praise, serve, worship, obey, and glorify God? Are we living to bring Him pleasure and joy? Are we keeping our hearts, mouths, and actions clean and pure and honorable for Him?
When you examine your heart and life, do you believe you are essentially saying to the Lord, “Welcome, I love you!”? Oh, may this be so!
“For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.” 1 Corinthians 6:20 KJV
Lord, I am reminded years ago of when you told me I was grieving your Holy Spirit. You made it so abundantly clear and yet I in my pride and wickedness kept right on grieving you with that very same sin. Oh, God, chasten us. Bring your conviction to us. Lead us to repentance. Help us to purify ourselves for you, oh God. Help us to please and honor you in all things. Give us the desire to love and glorify you always oh Lord. Please God don’t leave us as we are. Turn us into the men and women of God you have created us to be, dear Father. Refine us. Prune us. Cleanse us. Make us new. Oh, God, we need you! Amen!