Making Space

John 8:31-38

31 Then Jesus said to the Jews who had believed in him, “If you continue in my word, you are truly my disciples; 32 and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free.” 33 They answered him, “We are descendants of Abraham and have never been slaves to anyone. What do you mean by saying, ‘You will be made free’?”
34 Jesus answered them, “Very truly, I tell you, everyone who commits sin is a slave to sin. 35 The slave does not have a permanent place in the household; the son has a place there forever. 36 So if the Son makes you free, you will be free indeed. 37 I know that you are descendants of Abraham; yet you look for an opportunity to kill me, because there is no place in you for my word. 38 I declare what I have seen in the Father’s presence; as for you, you should do what you have heard from the Father.”  NRSV

If you have a two-car garage and two cars parked in the garage, there would be no space in the garage to park a third car. This is Jesus’ point when he says “there is no place in you for my word.” The things that are contrary to God’s will and way for our lives takes up the space the Word of God requires. This means we must clean out that space and make room for God’s Word. That’s what repentance is all about.

If you believe God is already present within, then another way to interpret Jesus’ words here is one of removing all the obstacles within that blind us to God’s presence.  Hearing and heeding God’s Word awakens us to the Spirit of God already within and guides our lives accordingly on the Jesus way.

The key is understanding our need to clear space for God’s Word as part of our journey of faith. What do think God is calling you to let go of?

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