Have you ever woke in the morning late for work, maybe the alarm clock didn’t go off or you simply overslept? As you ran out the door to catch the train or scramble to try and get ahead of the traffic, you grab a coffee and out you go. Maybe your days are so filled that you skip lunch to give you more time to cross all those to-do items off your list. We have all heard that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but be it breakfast, lunch or any other meal, we know the effect it can have on us if we miss one. Sure, you may be able to function in the short term, but in the long run, we become sluggish and begin to lack focus and concentration. Decision making becomes difficult and clouded and may cause us to become violent and aggressive. Whether we are working in the office or the yard, the longer we go without food, the harder nearly every task becomes. Simple tasks are exhausting and we soon realize that we can’t function properly without it. Yet there are even times where we intentionally starve ourselves to try to correct bad eating habits which yield the same results and sometimes cause us to look upon ourselves with shame.
Similarly, if we consider our Christian walk, we so often treat it the very same way. Somehow we think that we can get spiritually fed a few times a year by attending church service on special holidays or by reading a devotional every now and then. Maybe we talk to God when we need something or are experiencing a crisis. After a while, we become spiritually malnourished, we begin to make poor decisions, we lack focus on the cross and we soon become numb to our surroundings—uncompassionate, bitter and aggressive. There are also times when shame, guilt or anger may cause us to intentionally starve ourselves from God.
Think about it. Have you ever cringed at the sight, or thought of eating a certain food? Has your Christian walk become similar? Do you cringe at the thought of speaking to God? Has a bad experience at a church left a terrible taste with you? Are you so hungry now that you don’t know how to be fed? Is there something in your life that is preventing you from being fed—some fear, guilt or shame?
The Bible tells us, “Behold, I stand at the door and knock; if anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and will dine with him, and he with Me. He who overcomes, I will grant to him to sit down with Me on My throne, as I also overcame and sat down with My Father on His throne.” (Revelation 3:20) This wonderful message of hope is that God loves us so much, that He wants to come into our home to share a meal as friends. He wants that kind of relationship with us. He is already here and standing at the door of our life right now, knocking. All we have to do is open the door and invite Him in. If we trust and believe in Him, then we too can be victorious. What is that victory? Jesus says, “I am the bread of life; he who comes to Me will not hunger, and he who believes in Me will never thirst.” (John 6:35) The great news is that God loves us so much that he sent His son to die on the cross for us so we wouldn’t be starved of Him—so that He could come into our lives and have a one-on-one relationship with us. No shame, guilt or fear can separate us from Him once we believe.
Today, if you are hungry and starving for a relationship with God, you can invite him into your life right now. He understands all your needs and circumstances, and wants to have an intimate relationship with you. Start by praying this simple prayer:
God, thank you for knocking on the door of my life. I know that sin and many other things in my life have kept me from having a direct relationship with you. I know that you sent your son Jesus to die on the cross for me and my sins. Please forgive me. I want to have everlasting life, and to never be starved from you again. Please enter my life now because I am placing my trust and faith in you. In Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen.