As they drew nigh unto the village, whither they went: and he made as though he would have gone further. But they constrained him, saying, Abide with us: for it is toward evening, and the day is far spent. And he went in to tarry with them.
Would we have Jesus to dwell with us? Then all we have to do is ask. He has drawn near to us. He has graced us with His presence. He is at hand. But we have to invite Him to stay. If we have no desire for Him, He will not force His way in. If we would not seek to remain in His presence, He will not be an unwelcome guest. But if we have walked with Him a little way, our hearts burning in us we know not why, we can ask Him to abide with us forever, and He will gladly do so.
What would have happened if these men had not invited Jesus in? Look what they would have missed out on. All their questions were answered, all their doubts erased, all their sorrow turned to joy at the simple revelation that this man who had journeyed with them was the one they desired most of all. May we never let an opportunity slip by to know more of Jesus and to know Him better. He often approaches in such subtle ways, but every heart that longs for Him will find Him. May we keep our eyes open and seek Him wherever He may be found.
Jesus already came all the way to Earth to dwell among us. He took His own long journey through the pain and the trials of human life that ended in the suffering and humiliation of the cross. He descended into hell and conquered sin and death and rose again in victory. And now He sits on His throne, His rightful place of glory and honor, but He also desires to dwell within our hearts. Now that the way has been opened, He wants to walk along with us as we take our own journeys. He wants to be a significant part of our lives and abide with us until He leads us safely home.
So as we walk the narrow way, let us invite Jesus along. Let us invite Him into our sorrows and disappointments. Let us invite Him into our longings and desires. Let us invite Him into our weaknesses and failures. He wants to come in and make a difference in our lives. And what a privilege it is to walk close beside Him, to learn of Him, and to serve Him with our lives. We’ll never be disappointed when we invite Jesus into our lives to stay, and we’ll never regret that decision. He is at the door, so may we let Him come in and abide with us always.