Unworthy? He Doesn't Care
Monday of the First Week of Advent
Scripture Readings: Isaiah 2:1-5; Psalm122: 1-2,3-4cd-5,6-7,8-9; Matthew 8:5-11
My dear encountered couples:
The centurion didn’t believe he was worthy to have Jesus come into his house. None of us are. But that is a large part of the wonderfulness of our God. He comes into our homes and hearts anyhow. Jesus came into that stable, didn’t he? And I have never heard that he complained about it. He comes into wherever we are too. If there are any complaints heard from him, it is because he finds that he is not welcome in some homes and hearts.
Can you imagine telling Jesus to stay outside for any other reason than for feelings of unworthiness on your part? Well, there are people who want God to stay away. And not because they feel unworthy. They just don’t want to bother with him, they don’t have time to spare, and there are more important things to do. Maybe they don’t believe in him.
When allowing God to enter into our lives, we are facing not only the possibility, but the probability of big change, of great upheaval. It is like letting someone who loves you, who thinks you are the greatest and the cutest little thing in the world, to enter into your life. You find he or she can’t stop doing things for you. Your life undergoes substantial change. As long as you love in return, you enjoy the attention. You both try to outdo each other. But if you don’t, that person becomes a real bother.
To some that is what God is, a real bother. Never think that way. When you want to do something that you know he says “no” to, or if you don’t want to do something he says “yes” to, listen to him. Be glad you have someone who loves you so much and is always looking out for your good. Unworthy we are. But he doesn’t care.