When we first purchased the old bar ‘Mongo Murph’s’ to turn it into our worship house there were leftovers from former days. The basement lights were burned out and so we explored it first with a flashlight. Mostly we found decrepit furniture, empty bottles and parts of things that no longer had significance. We did not find anything of lasting value.

Upstairs we found rusty bed frames, used needles, leftover belongings from a roomer and a few perverse unmentionables.

The presence of God roams the basement and the attic of our lives. Our past decadence and worthless trinkets are not meant to stay. There is a new inhabitant bringing His value and worth into our broken down house.

Jesus says it’s your call. You choose what to fill yourself with. What you stuff inside you is not well hidden. Your secret place has not been kept in confidence. Your diary has been published in your eyes. You are not anonymous.

Mark 4:
21Jesus said to them, “Does anyone bring a lamp into a room to put it under a basket or under a bed? Isn’t it put on a lamp stand? 22There is nothing hidden that will not be revealed. There is nothing kept secret that will not come to light. 23Let the person who has ears listen!”
 24He went on to say, “Pay attention to what you’re listening to! Knowledge will be measured out to you by the measure of attention you give. This is the way knowledge increases. 25Those who understand these mysteries will be given more knowledge. However, some people don’t understand these mysteries. Even what they understand will be taken away from them.”

Light reveals the secrets of the dark. Light dispels the fear of the unknown by illuminating the known. The question becomes how far are you willing to explore yourself with God’s light?

What are you listening to? If you listen to the peeps and mutters that fill dark places, you will be transfixed in the darkness. You will stumble and hunker down in fetal position. You will pull the cover over your head to drown the fearful voice. Pay attention to what you are listening to.

There is a correlation between paying attention to God and growing in knowledge. Are you paying attention and growing?

Some only have the reference of past experiences. They have no appetite to know more. Years later, they have not grown and the basement is still filled with worthless, decaying trash. They have not found the new purpose for which they were bought. It’s a sad day when someone who once walked with God tries to walk away from God. The God they once worshipped became a faded memory and there is little understanding in their present darkness.

If we look diligently for God, we will see Him. Is it time to focus?