When a house goes on the market, it’s bad enough that the seller must keep it squeaky clean 24×7, to show at a moment’s notice.
To me, vacating so the realtor can hold Open House is worse yet. I picture strangers trampling through my shiny floors and crushing vacuumed carpets. Judging my decorating dis-abilities. Measuring room sizes and deciding if our home is right for them.
As I stowed silk plants the realtor called “clutter,” packed books to make shelves look bigger, and moved the ficus to the patio to enlarge the living room, my husband reminded me, “Only one stranger needs to say ‘yes’ for your grousing to turn to rejoicing.”
He’s right. It’s biblical.
Our Lord holds Open House 24×7. And only one sinner needs to say “yes” for the angels to rejoice.
Our Lord welcomes us to come inside and live the abundant life …
He shows us the kitchen where He takes the broken pieces and leftovers of our life and works them into something good;
He escorts us to the dining room where we can feast upon His Word;
He offers us His favorite chair in the family room where we can share our joys and sorrows, where His warm Spirit can embrace us, and we find fellowship with others.
He points to the master bath where He cleanses our souls and the owner’s suite where He shoulders our burdens and offers us rest.
All this, if we only say “yes.” And when one sinner says “yes,” all of heaven rejoices.
“Rejoice with me; I have found my lost sheep. I tell you that in the same way there will be more rejoicing in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who do not need to repent.” (Luke 15:6-7, NIV)
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