John 15:7 If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you.
Abide: To rest or to dwell, rest, continue, stay firm…
The difference between a visitor and family, is that visitors live out of a suitcase, but family members have a permanent place in our home. Is Jesus a visitor or a permanent family in our life? Does He have the right to unpack everything from His suitcase? We may welcome his help when we are in trouble and His healing when we are sick, but do we equally welcome sacrifice and discipline? Can Jesus unpack everything from the suitcase of His word or do we wish Him to keep some things packed because we are not sure we want to live with the consequences?
After Jesus had finished washing the disciples’ feet at the last supper, He led them out to the garden of Gethsemane. When they came to the garden he asked them to pray with Him, yet they all fell asleep! Alone then in agony our Lord prayed earnestly that the Father would find some other way, some other means than the cross. But then He prayed, “Not my will but thine.” All of the Father’s words were unpacked and living in the life of Jesus Christ. There were no depths nor heights where they were not at home. In Luke’s gospel we are told that then the Father sent an angel who came down and strengthened Him. The Father always answers prayers beyond anything we are thinking. He may not deliver us from the situation we are facing in the same way He did not deliver our Lord. But the Father will always work out all of what is best for us. He will always answer!
All of God’s will or none of God’s will is our choice also. No one can decide it for us. Will Jesus be able today to unpack all of His words and abide in our life or will we tell Him that he is just a special guest. Will we accept Him as a welcome traveler but not a family member? If we will completely settle the matter in our hearts today: Then comes His promise: “You can ask whatever you wish…”
Can this really be God’s promise? Can I really ask anything and He will do it? That is the word of our Savior. He will deal with our motivations and the what of our asking as He comes to abide in our life. When all of His word finds a permanent home, He will begin to unpack amazing things from His suitcase! He will pour out things beyond anything we could ask or even imagine. Today we have this amazing promise and a once in a lifetime opportunity! Will Jesus get to unpack His suitcase today, or will we kiss Him on the cheek and thank Him for stopping by?