One of my favorite authors, Max Lucado, relates the following story:
Charlie was ten years old. School was out for Christmas, and the family had chosen to spend the holiday in the country. The boy pressed his nose against the bay window of the vacation home and marveled at the British winter. He was happy to trade the blackened streets of London for the cotton-white freshness of snow-covered hills. His Mom invited him to go for a drive and he quickly accepted. A halcyon moment was in the making. She snaked the car down the twisty road. The tires crunched the snow and the boy puffed his breath on the window. He was thrilled. The mother, however, was anxious. Heavy snow began to snow. Visibility lessened. As she took a curve, the car started to slide and didn't stop until landing in a ditch. She tried to drive out. The tires just spun. Little Charlie pushed and his mom pressed the gas. But no luck. They were stuck. They needed help. A mile down the road sat a house. Off they went and knocked on the door. "Of course", the woman told them. "Come in and warm yourselves. The phone is yours." She offered tea and cookies and urged them to stay until help arrived. An ordinary event? Don't suggest that to the woman who opened the door. She has never forgotten that day. She's retold the story a thousand times. And who can blame her? It's not often that royalty appears on your porch. For the two travelers stranded by the England winter were no less than Queen Elizabeth and the heir to the throne, 10-year-old Charles.
Welcoming royalty into our home is something that the majority of people will never do. Not physically, anyway. But spiritually speaking, when we accept Jesus Christ as Savior, that's what we do. We welcome the King of Kings into our heart, into our home, We honor Him and place Him on the throne of our life.
We welcome so many things into our lives these days. We welcome opinions and teachings that are in direct opposition to the Bible. We welcome fear and it overwhelms us. We welcome unhealthy habits and unhealthy relationships. And before we know it, our minds are saturated with things that waste our time and distract us from closely following Jesus.
But do we welcome the most important things? Do we daily welcome the presence of Jesus and the truth of the Bible into our lives? Do we welcome His calling and His leading? Do we welcome His discipline and His correction?
Honoring Him and proclaiming His presence should be a priority for every follower of Christ.
This weekend, as Palm Sunday approaches, pray along with me that Christ will be welcomed and honored in our hearts as we meet for worship and praise! And I hope you will join us as we learn what the Bible says about Jesus, our Shepherd.
"The next day a great multitude that had come to the feast, when they heard that Jesus was coming to Jerusalem, took branches of palm trees and went out to meet Him, and cried out: “Hosanna! ‘Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord!, The King of Israel!” John 12:12-13