Weekly Teachings by Erik Momsen
Making Room for God
by Erik Momsen
Though we are as far away from Christmas as we could be, the passage "She ... placed him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn" (Luke 2:7) describes most peoples' lives. It saddens us because we think of the infant Jesus as not being welcomed into the world He created. Yet this verse reminds every age that the same fact remains. Christ struggles to find a place in almost every heart. The imperative is that we find and make room for God in our lives.
Every person rich or poor is allocated equal daily time. Some cram more into their day than others. The days of many people are bursting at the seam. Our days become so full that there is no place for God.
The only way to get more God - more direction - more fruitfulness - more peace - more order - is to do some pruning. This is the time I believe to prune our gardens, and likewise our lives. Imagine my garden - overgrown, without order and plan. Things just happen and grow in my garden but it is not very attractive and productive. My garden needs some radical surgery to make it into an Eden. Jesus calls us to follow this plan:
"He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes so that it will be even more fruitful." John 15:2
AREAS THAT GENERALLY NEED PRUNING ARE THE FOLLOWING:
Time management - Recreation management - Money management - Relationship management - Attitude management - Sin management.
The general principle is that we must strive to put God first, people next and things last.
Lets spend a few prayerful moment discerning our:
Time management - probably work first, sleep next, house work, entertainment etc ...
- Fit God into your car tape, Bible reading at lunch time and prayer all the time - God honours sacrifice of time.
- TV, sport, entertainment - for many people this is the area of fruitlessness. TV out = God in.
Money management - "Where you treasure is there your heart will also be" (Matthew 6:21).
One has to make room for God in this area. We do this simply by honouring God first, with our money (first fruits) and by dedicating - or deciding in faith beforehand.
Paul says "Each man should give what he has decided in his heart to give - not reluctantly ... " (2 Corinthians 9:7).
Relationship management - our relationship with God is as good as our relationship with people around us.
"And this is His command: to believe in the name of His Son, Jesus Christ, and to love one another as He commanded us. Those who obey his commands live in Him and He in them." (1 John 3:23,24).
We cannot be in close contact with God and at the same time have rifts and grudges with people. The Holy spirit is grieved by rifts and removes Himself. (Ephesians 4:29-32)
Attitude management - "... true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and in truth, for they are the kind or worshipers the Father seeks." (John 4:23)
- We worship and honour God with heart and mind - with passion and truth.
- The movement of the Spirit in our heart but also the truth of the Word to renew our minds. A constant balance between emotion and reason.
Sin management - To make space for God, we must remove as much sin as possible.
"Surely the arm of the Lord is not too short to save, nor his ear too dull to hear. But your sins have separated you from your God ..." (Isaiah 59:1,2)
1 John 1:5-10 sums up the link between fellowship with God, others and the role of sin. Even better it tells how to get rid of sin. The Lord is able to "forgive us all our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness." v 9
A North American Indian gave his testimony to his conversion. He said it was like a dark vicious dog that controlled his life before Christ. After his new birth it was as if a new gentle yet powerful guide dog had taken control. Someone asked him, "Which dog wins?" He replied, "The one I feed the most".
--- Feed your spirit and not your flesh!
Date Added: 2009-06-30
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