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On Your Mark by Dr. George O. Wood

 

Preparing Room for Jesus

Jan. 12, 2014

“He will show you a large upper room, furnished and ready. Make preparations for us there.” The disciples left, went into the city and found things just as Jesus had told them. So they prepared the Passover. (Mark 14:15,16, NIV)

Dr. Robert Munger, my seminary professor, wrote a little booklet called My Heart: Christ’s Home. It compared our lives to an ordinary house. Have we made room for Jesus in our living or family room, dining room, kitchen, or bedroom? All of these are “rooms” within our hearts where Jesus must be present.

Thus, when you read that Jesus told the two disciples to go into Jerusalem and find the owner of a home that had an upper room, you need to make application from this simple statement to your own life.

Is your heart a large “upper” room for Jesus? If you have room for Him, is it small? Do you let Him into the living room, but not the bedroom? Or is there no room for Him at all? Prepare your heart for Him, and He will come (Revelation 3:20).

Think for a moment also of another place Jesus himself is preparing (John 14:2). It truly is an “upper” room — outside time and space. And it’s large enough for everyone who believes in Him.

The owner made the upper room available and ready; but the two disciples had their responsibility — to prepare the meal, the Passover. Jesus always has something we must do.

What if the other disciples of Jesus arrived that evening at the larger upper room and discovered there was no food? What if the two Jesus had sent to prepare the Passover grumbled and said, “It’s not fair. We are doing all the work getting the meal prepared while the others are enjoying their time off with Jesus. We’re not going to work if they’re not.”

Have you ever felt that way about your work for Jesus? You are working hard and, when you look around, others are not working for Him. You feel you have the wrong end of the deal. Why should you be saddled with so much responsibility when others have time off?

But it is not your place to compare yourself with others. Your task is simply to do what Jesus asked of you. If you don’t do what He requests, His work will suffer.

Can you imagine a large upper room where Jesus arrived and there was no food? Jesus would not have been able to take the Last Supper with His disciples.

If Peter and John, the two disciples who made preparations, had not arranged for the bread, Jesus could not have broken bread and said, “This is my body, which is broken for you.” If they had not prepared the wine, He could not have said, “This is the blood of the new covenant which is poured out for many for the remission of sins. Drink this in remembrance of me.”

No bread? No wine? The seemingly inconsequential assignment given the two disciples to prepare the Passover meal becomes monumentally consequential when Jesus takes what they prepared.

Never think your task in serving Jesus is menial or unimportant. Just do what He asks, and you will be surprised at what He does as a result of you fulfilling your responsibility.

A prayer of response

Lord Jesus, may no task be too small for me if it is for You. Help me not to compare my responsibilities to another who seemingly has less to do. May I be faithful in all You ask of me.



DR. GEORGE O. WOOD is general superintendent of the Assemblies of God.

 

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