February 14‒20

Too Close to Home

Preface: The world is fallen in every way, and it cannot help but impact us negatively. Nevertheless, we have been given the promise of the Holy Spirit, and we have God’s Word, which points us to something higher and better than the world.

An important litmus test we need to ask ourselves is: Would my house pass the Jesus, welcome-to-my-place, test? If Jesus were to knock at your door tonight (Rev. 3:20), could He share a meal and stay for a few hours, a night, or a year without feeling intrusive and uncomfortable?

As followers of Jesus, we must allow the Holy Spirit’s guidance to permeate our lives. This is what the Bible refers to as living in step with the Spirit, “If we are living now by the Holy Spirit, let us follow the Holy Spirit's leading in every part of our lives. Let us not become conceited, or irritate one another, or be jealous of one another” (Gal. 5:25, 26, NLT). That includes all areas of our lives—work/study habits, family relationships, friendships—so that we are living lives of integrity.