“Morning by morning, O Lord, you hear my voice”
Our Hallowed Guest
(Please read John 14:23-24)
It had been an exciting day, and two people were discussing great events on their seven-mile walk toward home. A man joined them in their walk. They didn’t immediately recognize him, but they soon were listening, enthralled, as he talked about the meaning of what had happened. When they arrived at home, in Emmaus, they invited the stranger, “Abide with us, for it is toward evening, and the day is far spent” (Luke 24:29, KJV). He accepted their invitation, and soon their eyes were opened and they realized they were hosts to the Lord Christ himself. It is said that Luke’s account of this incident moved Henry F. Lyte, a minister in England, to write the beloved hymn, “Abide with Me,” which has been sung by Christians for more than 150 years.
The beautiful thought, and truth, is that the Lord has promised to abide with us as well, as shown by our text. He does not force himself into our hearts as an unwelcome guest, but he makes this tender offer: “Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with him and he with me” (Revelation 3:20, NIV).
The conditions are that we love him and therefore obey his teaching and open the door for him. If we fail to do this, he won’t be living in us, no matter how wishfully we sing “Abide with Me.”
We hope the Lord is firmly at home in your heart, and that today your activities together will bring joy to both of you.