I often ask my grandkids if they have Jesus in their heart. One day, four year old Max said, “Nope, not any more.”
Startled, I asked why. He said cause his heart is full and Jesus was in the way in there and he knew he had to put Jesus someplace, so now Jesus is in his socks.
This childish rational makes us laugh; but, there is some deep truth hiding inside the reasoning. How often have we found Jesus to be ‘in the way’ in our own hearts and life?
When we choose to watch R rated movies or to use dirty words to fit in with the world where do we put Jesus? Do we put him in our socks and walk on Him to be popular with friends? The Bible says when we say we belong to God yet dishonor Him with our behavior, we lead others to sin. (Rom. 2:23-24)
In our busy life, is our heart too full for Jesus so we don’t plan time for prayer and Bible Study? Do we choose to move Jesus into our socks, out of the way so we can live however we want? Then, before we go to bed, do we pull off our socks, dump Jesus back out and let Him be important again in the privacy of our own room? Every day of our lives we make a decision on where we put Jesus.
Do we establish Him as Lord of our life, reigning in our attitudes, relationships and activities? We must ask ourselves, on a daily basis, “Where do I put Jesus? Is He reigning in my heart, or in my socks, under my feet?”
Luke 6:46-47 Why do you call me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ and do not do what I say? I will show you what he is like who comes to me and hears my words and puts them into practice.
Prayer: Father, help me to keep Jesus a priority in my life, my constant companion. Teach me to recognize temptation and turn away. Thank you for the voice of your Holy Spirit, guiding me. I love you. Amen.
Rom. 2:23-24 You who boast in the law, do you dishonor God by breaking the law? As it is written: “God’s name is blasphemed among the Gentiles because of you.”