Being realistic, and honest with yourself; knowing that only you and God will hear your answer; ask the question, “Where do I put Jesus in my life? What is your answer? Stop and think about it.
I distinctly remember as a young man, when I claimed to be a Christian, as many people who know about Christ do; Jesus was there for me on Sunday morning at church. And if my performance at church was anything to go on, people would have said that I was an absolute saint. When I came to church, I would bless myself as I walked in the church and kneel quietly in the pew, sit at the right time, stand at the right time, and quote the right prayers at the right time, and put whatever pittance of small change I had in my pocket into the collection dish as it came around. I would go piously to the front to receive communion then with head bowed in humility walk back to my place and between all the religious rituals and words I would watch the people. If people talked in church, or were dressed inappropriately, or if they talked too loudly, or the kids misbehaved, I would scowl at them and shake my head, thinking to myself, “At least I am behaving humbly and quietly.” But I never stopped to think about the Pharisee and the Tax collector.
Then at the end of the service I would quietly leave; get on my motorbike and join the world, abusing other motorists, speeding home, still thinking that I was a good Christian. I won’t go into the things I used to get up to during the week. It was nothing that the world wasn’t doing but it also wasn’t what Jesus would do.
One day I picked up the bible and read this passage in Luke 18:10; “Two men went into the temple to pray. One was a Pharisee, and the other a despised tax collector. The Pharisee stood by himself and prayed this prayer, ‘I thank you God, that I am not a sinner like everyone else. For I don’t cheat, I don’t sin, and I don’t commit adultery. I’m certainly not like that tax collector! I fast twice a week, and I give you a tenth of my income.’ But the tax collector stood at a distance and dared not lift his eyes to heaven as he prayed. Instead, he beat his chest in sorrow saying, ‘O God, be merciful to me, for I am a sinner.’ I tell you, this sinner, not the Pharisee returned home justified before God.” After reading this I sat down and thought to myself, “I don’t give one tenth of my income and I certainly don’t fast twice a week, even the Pharisee was better than me”. It wasn’t an earth shattering moment, but it was a soul baring one. I had actually seen myself as God sees me, not as other people see me. I had to change my life right there and right then because the words from an earlier chapter hit me in the face, “But God said to him, ‘you fool! You will die this very night". Luke 12:20; and I realised that my last day could be at any time from that moment on and I’d better be prepared.
We must have Jesus in our life 24/7. It’s not a matter of, if we can fit Him into our life; it’s a matter of fitting Him into every moment of our life. And the church is not where we are, it’s what we are. When we walk out of the place where we meet to worship, we don’t leave the church behind, we take it with us.
So! Where is Jesus in your life?
God bless you all