Luke 4 v 38-39 “Jesus left the synagogue and went to the home of Simon. Now Simon’s mother- in-law was suffering from a high fever, and they asked Jesus to help her. So he bent over her and rebuked the fever, and it left her. She got up at once and began to wait on them.”
He has not called Simon to be a disciple yet but he is accepting presumably an invitation to his home.
What is one of the most natural social behavioural actions on earth, the simple invitation, would end up being the foundation for not just the transformation of one life but that of the church to come. I wonder what would have happened if Jesus hadn’t gone? More to the important I wonder what would have happened to Simon if he hadn’t invited Jesus home that day?
Are you invitable?
That’s probably not a word. But are we who people want in their homes?
Do we make a positive difference?
Have people seen something in us and they know they need to have more time with us, they need to bring us home?
Maybe the ‘synagogues’ have become so ineffective that the last person to be invited home is the one who has been teaching?
Can you imagine the reverse? Can you imagine that the Church being the first ones to be invited into homes? Homes that are in need, that are broken, that have tried everything, that the Church becomes a 999 emergency service?
Are we inviting?
Many leave Jesus in the ‘synagogues’ and return home and close the door. Inside their home and inside the ‘synagogue’ can be polar opposites.
‘May our homes be filled with dancing’ is a line of a song that blessed me the first day we sang it in Church.
May our homes be filled with joy!
Our homes sure get a battering in the storms of life. Some can even fall down completely if built on ‘sand’.
We need Jesus home with us.
Come Jesus, come to my home today, it’s not functioning the way it should. One of our loved ones is sick. We are struggling. Please come and help us.
And He will come.
And as He bends over your home His shadow will fall on areas of pain. He will rebuke the devourer and remove what should not be there. Go on, invite Jesus to your home.