Life is busy and filled with distractions. It’s so easy to get caught up in our cares, errands and worries that we lose sight of what matters most.
There’s an interesting little story at the end of Luke chapter two about when Mary and Joseph took Jesus to Jerusalem for Passover when He was twelve years old. After the festival was over, they left to go home, supposing He was with them.
I wonder how many times we suppose God’s with us when we’ve wandered off to do our own thing?
Now here’s the interesting part. Mary and Joseph had traveled a day’s journey before they realized Jesus wasn’t with them and then it took three days to find Him. Three days! The message here is that it’s easier to lose that special presence of God than it is to get it back once we’ve lost it.
We need to be careful to remain in the presence of God. When we do, we make God feel at home in our hearts.
This simply starts with being obedient to His Word. A commitment to turn from behavior that offends God is the number one sign of spiritual maturity. It shows you care about what He thinks.
That means you choose to be generous toward others, you learn to forgive, let go of your offenses and live in peace. When we choose to be intentional with our words, giving thanks to God and lifting up others, we’ll feel connected to God all throughout the day.
Prayer Starter: Father, thank You for making Your home in my heart. I need Your presence today, Lord. Help me to honor You with my thoughts and my words and to be a blessing to those around me.
Jesus answered and said to him, “If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word; and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our home with him. (John 14:23 NKJV)