MONDAY 17TH APRIL, 2017 READ – Day: 2 Thess 3; Night: Deut 29-31
THEME: INVITE JESUS INTO YOUR HOUSE
TEXT: LUKE 24: 13-31
HYMN: EMHB 339 – Come, O Thou traveler unknown,
What a lovely thing those two disciples did. If they had not constrained Jesus to abide with them He would have passed on and they would have missed the opportunity of His revelation at the breaking of bread. I wonder why they constrained a mere stranger they met on the road. Was it because they enjoyed His company or because they wanted to provide Him shelter for the night since it was late? No matter what it was, they took a risk. They seemed to have had a heart to do good and it paid off.
We must learn from their experience that it pays to do good to all even if they are not our friends or relations. Abraham, the father of Faith, also entertained strangers unaware that he was entertaining angels. What lessons for our generation where men are generally selfish and self-centred caring only for themselves and their relations! Are the Nigerian politicians and people in authority learning any lessons from this practice? As a Christian, how many less-privileged people have you helped in recent time?
The genuineness of the love those two disciples exhibited was noticeable in the fact that they constrained Jesus to abide with them. This includes appealing to Him, persuading Him, encouraging Him, convincing Him with many words etc. So it wasn’t an easy task. Jesus wants to be constrained. Who knows why we do not have much of the abiding presence of God in our gatherings, houses and hearts? It could be because we have not earnestly constrained Jesus. If we so really need Him, we would constrain Him. This Easter Monday when His disciples had to go to Galilee to meet Him is another opportunity to desire Him and constrain Him. If we do He will abide with us.
MEMORY VERSE: Luke 24:19: “And they constrained him, saying, Abide with us: for it is toward evening, and the day is now far spent. And he went in to abide with them.”
PRAYER: Lord Jesus, abide in our hearts and homes and reveal Yourself to us. Amen.