Speaking for the first time since returning to ABC, Carys told us that she would be bringing a message that was both challenging and encouraging.
Turning to the key text for this message, taken from Romans 12:1-2, which says: “So here’s what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life—your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around-life—and place it before God as an offering. Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for him. Don’t become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking. Instead, fix your attention on God. You’ll be changed from the inside out. Readily recognize what he wants from you, and quickly respond to it. Unlike the culture around you, always dragging you down to its level of immaturity, God brings the best out of you, develops well-formed maturity in you.”
Carys said that everyone’s room can be like a reflection of themselves, and that she can tell what sort of week her sisters have had by the state of their room. She said that she can tell who is at home by what is in the living room.
There are four rooms that are essential to build a house. These are: the kitchen, the bathroom, the bedroom, and the living room. In the same way we have lots of different areas within us, which we can use for God.
Firstly, the kitchen. This is a place to eat, and to prepare things that we’re going to eat. We prepare our food in the kitchen. What, though, are we feeding our souls? There are many different food groups, and in life, we are expected to maintain a balance, in order to stay healthy. The truth is that if we neglect to eat our fruit and vegetables, then we will become unhealthy. The same is true with our souls. If we don’t give it what it needs, then it will begin to rot.
It says in Job 23:12 “I’ve obeyed every word he’s spoken, and not just obeyed his advice—I’ve treasured it.” The word of God is food for our soul. We need this so that we have defences. We need to be asking ourselves if we are feeding ourselves things that will sustain us, or things that will simply satisfy us in the short term.
Another room is the bathroom; a place where we go to be refreshed. Where do we go to refresh our souls? Do we allow God to cleanse us and purify our hearts? Do we let Him remove all the things that aren’t pure in our lives? We must ask Him on a daily basis to cleanse us. If we don’t, then people will know. How clean is our soul?
The third room, is the bedroom. This is a place of rest and of intimacy. It is a place to ‘chill’; a safe space. Do we have a place of rest and intimacy with God? We need to be about to sit and rest in His presence. All too often, we’re rushing here and there, and the thing that we sacrifice is this time with God. We need to remember that even Jesus took Himself away from the disciples, to spend time with His Father.
The thing is that real intimacy with God will give us peace. We must be ready and prepared to receive what He has for us or we won’t get those dreams of ours. Do we have that place of intimacy with God, or is it somewhere that we tend to neglect when time is short?
The final room is the living room. This is a place where we have friendships, and host people; where we host our friends. Friends dictate who we are now, and they can be a good, or a bad influence on us.
Jesus had close, tight knit friendships with people like Lazarus, Mary and Martha. These close friendships must be with people who will sustain and support us. We can tell a faithful friend a mile off. The question we need to ask ourselves is which friends are good for us? Who are we doing life with?
We must have wisdom in how we conduct our relationships. Sometimes we live within the roof of who we are, but we don’t invite Jesus in. He’s standing right there, and He wants to help us with that mess, but we tend to only ask Jesus in when things go wrong.
Sometimes we can feel that it’s not ‘cool’ to have Jesus riding with us, so we shut Him out, but He still keeps knocking.
In closing, Carys said that we must submit our life to Him, and remember that He is either Lord of all, or not Lord at all.
Scriptures: Romans 12:1-2, Job 23:12