John 14:21 – He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me: and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him. (KJV)
In my little apartment, people might say that my cats rule. Millie, my grey tabby, and Lucky, my deaf white kitty, would agree that they do, though I think that they like to make me believe that I do. They wander around everywhere in the house, lie anywhere they decide is comfortable, even on top of the monitor of the computer. The apartment is their zone.
A dear friend of mine came to visit me from Arkansas last week. He was on his way to Georgia to visit other friends. Lucky, who is not shy, was all over him, while Millie, who has known my friend since she was a baby kitty, was hiding on the window ledge behind his chair, peeking out at him. It took a little coaxing, but soon Millie could be seen happily purring in his lap, climbing on the edge of the chair close to my friend's head, sniffing his feet and arms. Millie was finally getting into his zone.
People are a lot like that, especially when coming into a relationship with God. Some people jump right in, excited and happy, and don't need any coaxing. Others might need some coaxing, as they can be a little apprehensive. The reasons for apprehension could be fear of the unknown, and/or fear of what others might think. I want others to think of Jesus when they see me. God wants us to move further into knowledge of Him, to get into His zone.
Prayer: Dear Lord, please forgive us for not always adhering to Your words and commandments. Father, we want to go deeper into You. Help us to get over our anxieties of going further into a relationship with You. Father, help us to get into Your zone. Amen.