He Moves In
Years ago, I had the privilege of spending a week on the set of ABC's Extreme Makeover: Home Edition. When it aired, I remembered the feeling I had when that family first answered the knock at the door, then came back a week later to a brand new house. Talk about gut-wrenching! Someone they never expected came into their world and freely gave them something they couldn't afford on their own. He saw where they lived and said you don't have to live here anymore.
As I stood and watched the process, I couldn't help but think of Jesus. Just like we did for that family, He knocks gently, anxiously awaiting our answer. But rather than calling for a wrecking ball, He does the unthinkable: He moves in. Instead of a hammer, He carries a suitcase. He gives us something we could never afford on our own -- Himself -- saying we don't have to live here anymore, alone.
For Discussion: This Easter weekend, we spent time listening to Pastor Shawn Thornton explain to us that when Jesus died and rose again, He granted us immediate, unlimited access to the throne room of grace. Anytime, anywhere, and for any reason, we can boldly approach Him. Let's do just that. Quietly, humbly, boldly, let's move in. The veil was torn. No barrier. Freedom. Before we hit our workouts, let's begin this Monday with a simple, "Amen."