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“Now when Jesus saw great multitudes about him, he gave commandment to depart unto the other side. And a certain scribe came, and said unto him, Master, I will follow thee whithersoever thou goest. And Jesus saith unto him, The foxes have holes, and the birds of the air have nests; but the Son of man hath not where to lay his head.”

Matthew 8: 18 - 20 King James Version

One day Jesus is coming back for us. What a glorious day of rejoicing and victory that will be for some people! The sad thing about it is that for some people it will be a day of sorrow and embarrassment. What if Jesus came back to spend the night with us, would our homes and our hearts be clean? Would we be ready for Him to spend the night with us or would we have to ask Him to come back when our homes and our hearts are clean?

Do we have a bed where He could sleep? If not, would we be willing to give up our bed for Him? If we will read this verse with our hearts instead of just reading it with our minds, we would understand and realize that He felt rejected because nobody invited Him to live with them. How my heart breaks when I read what He said “The foxes have holes, and the birds of the air have nests; but the Son of man hath not where to lay his head”.

I receive a lot of emails from people who tell me that they feel all alone and that they don’t believe anybody loves them. I believe with all of my heart that our Saviour sometimes felt the same way. I think that He felt like nobody cared about Him because of the way they rejected Him, doubted Him and criticized Him. I think that He felt lonely many times while He was here on earth.

Would we have to call people and tell them that we couldn’t go to those places with them? Would He be offended because of the people we have as our close friends? We are to witness to people but we are to be very selective about our close friends. It is very important that we only form close friendships with people who love Jesus. A person can be a Christian and not love Him. It only takes one person to pull us down and discourage us but it only takes one person to encourage us and say “You can do it”. We should be that kind of person to our family, our loved ones and to the world. We need to be encouraging people, not discouraging them.

Would we be embarrassed for Him to see the magazines and books we are reading? Would He be hurt and upset to hear the kind of music that we are listening to and to see the program that we have on the television set when He comes to spend the night with us? What about the things we are doing when He comes to spend the night with us? Are the things we are doing pleasing to Him or do they bring shame and disgrace to Him?

If we can’t go to places and read books and magazines and watch things when Jesus is spending the night with us, then we should never read them, listen to them or go to those places. We may hide these things from our families and our friends, but we can’t hide from Jesus. He knows everything and He sees everything.

Is your heart ready if Jesus were to ask you if He could spend the night with you? Is it filled with unconditional love for others as He has commanded us to love others or is your heart filled with resentment and anger? If He were to look into your heart right this minute, would it be filled with the light of His joy, peace and happiness or would it be full of criticism and hatred?

Thank God that when He does return for us, He is taking us home to be with Him for all eternity. Are you going to go with Him when He comes back for us? Have you been washed in the cleansing atoning blood of Jesus? If not, you will not go with Him, instead you will go to live with satan forever. Please don’t miss out on spending eternity with our precious Saviour. Give your heart and life to Him now before it is too late!

Joanne Lowe
August 25, 2007

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