Open the Door to Christ
Jesus is always knocking at the door of our hearts, but we need to remember that the doorknob is on our side. The Holy Spirit is a Gentleman, so He’ll never force His way into our lives—if we want His loving, guiding presence, we must welcome Him.
I want to encourage you to open the door of your heart to Him by stretching your faith a little. Be like Peter—the one who got out of the boat and walked on the water. Peter probably had butterflies in his stomach when he got out of that boat, but as long as he kept his eyes on Jesus, he kept making progress (see Matthew 14:23–30).
Back when we first started to travel, we quickly found that our attempts at sightseeing on our own were nearly wasted. We often spent a large part of the day getting lost and then trying to find our way back again. Over time, I’ve found that the best use of our time is to follow a guide rather than wandering aimlessly to find places ourselves, and I believe the same principle is true in our daily life. So many times we want to go our own way so we can do what we want to do, when we want to do it, but we end up getting lost and wasting our lives. We need the Holy Spirit guiding us through every day of our time on this earth, so it’s incredibly important to learn how to hear His voice.
The Holy Spirit knows both the mind of God and His individual plan for you. His road map for you is not necessarily like anybody else’s, so it doesn’t work to try to pattern your life after someone else or what he or she has heard from God. God has a unique plan for you, and the Holy Spirit knows what it is and will reveal it to you as you pursue Him (see Isaiah 30:21).
Maybe you’re like I was and have wasted many years walking your own way without seeking God’s guidance. Even if that’s the case, the good news is that it’s never too late to turn and go in a new direction—it’s not too late to learn how to hear from God. If you’re sincerely willing to obey Him, He will guide you on an exciting journey of learning to hear from Him every day of your life.
Prayer Starter: Father, thank You for guiding and showing me Your specific plan for my life. Today I invite You to begin to lead and teach me more than ever before. In Jesus’ name, amen.