in Me, he is like a branch that is thrown away and withers; such branches are picked up and thrown into the fire and burned. If you remain in Me and My words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be given you."
Jesus desires to live in you and you live in Him. He wants permission to be in you and with you 24/7, not just Sunday morning or during your occasional time in the word. Jesus wants to be welcomed into all aspects of your life. He knows
already what takes up your time and thoughts. He simply wants to be not a guest, but a resident in your life. He wants to be treated as a member of your family. He doesn't want to be a visitor that is given special treatment then dismissed.
How much do we acknowledge His presence in our lives? On Sunday afternoon, after lunch, is He still as much in our hearts and minds as He was on Sunday morning? On Monday, does He occupy a space in our work area or our work ethics?
If we know Him as our personal Savior, He is in us and we are in Him, just as He is in the Father and the Father is in Him and us. The Holy Spirit should be a very present help in our days of troubles and joys.
Talking to Jesus as we would to a friend or a family member makes Him more real and accessible. We don't need to use special words that we don't use any other time. We can be more real with Him if our words are from the heart. If we use honest expressions of our thoughts and feelings, He will
feel more approachable.
Jesus has walked the same paths we walk. He just wants to walk and live in all aspects of our lives. Invite Him in and watch how He becomes a vital part of your life, an automatic part of every decision and choice. When that happens, you will find that the desires of your hearts will change. What used to be important is much less important. When the
desire of His heart becomes the desire of our heart, what we desire will be granted.
Open your heart and life and home to the Creator and Redeemer. He loves you and will make life an easier place to live. Let Him reside, abide. If He has given you eternal life, give your life to Him. He takes that responsibility very seriously.