Make room for us in your hearts.
2 Corinthians 7:2 (NIV)
Wendy and I have been on a slow process this year of purging things from our possession. We’ve taken loads to the local thrift store for donation, sold things on Facebook, pitched things, and given things away. In some ways I don’t feel like we’ve made much of a dent. There seems always to be more stuff than room.
I was struck this morning by Paul’s appeal to the Jesus followers in Corinth to “make room for us in your hearts.” The word picture indicates that there is finite room in the heart just as there is finite room in a house. There is only so much room.
So how much stuff have I crammed in my heart?
What exactly have I crammed in there?
Is it bringing me an increase of Life, or is it just taking up space?
Are there things that should be in my heart but for the lack of room?
Paul’s word picture also assumes that we can make room in our hearts just as we make room in our house. Things can be purged, released, tossed away, and given away.
What have I crammed in my heart that is dead, lifeless, and taking up space?
I’m once again reminded of my word for 2017: empty. As I have meditated on empty I have come to realize that its significance for me is not as an adjective but as a verb. There are things in my life to be emptied. I’m prayerfully pondering this morning how my own heart might be one of them.