When we sold the farm to a near neighbour, we surveyed off 1 acre around the house and stayed there for a few years before eventually selling that house and buying a house in town. Part of the agreement in selling the farm was the granting of a right of way through the farm.
Why? We had rainwater tanks at the house for drinking and cooking, but most of our water came from an underground bore situated in the middle of the farm, the water being pumped to the house through an underground pipe, so we a right of way giving us legal access to the water bore, the pump and the buried pipe, which often needed servicing.
I am reminded of that right of way
when I read Ephesians 4:27 where we are warned
not to “give place to the devil” or as the Amplified puts it
“Leave no such room or foothold for the devil.
Give no opportunity to him”
When we make less than a full surrender to the Lord, keeping back a small area for ourselves; following our own way instead of seeking and following God’s way, we are in effect giving the devil a foothold or a wedge, or a RIGHT OF WAY. This world is presently his dominion.
Thinking about this, I re-read Robert Boyd Munger’s little booklet “My Heart Christ’s Home” which expresses the same idea very graphically. Among his opening words he states “Without question one of the most remarkable Christian doctrines is that Jesus Christ Himself, through the Holy Spirit will actually enter a life, settle down and be at home there.”
The last room – the hardest to surrender – was the hall closet.
Then finally he gave Him the keys and the Title Deed to the house as rightful OWNER rather than as a Guest.
The booklet presents a few challenges as we are faced with how much we hold back from His control . . . . . and how we tend to keep that “area in the middle” so allowing the devil a wedge to gain access.
How much of my life (your life) is left unsurrendered and needs attention? I need to constantly walk through each area of my life, ensuring that Christ can be completely at home there and that He is in control.
We needed a right of way to access the bore on the farm.
That right of way was essential,
but if I grant a right of way or even a tiny foothold to the devil
I can expect problems – big problems.
Do not give the devil a foothold.
Submit yourselves to God; resist the devil and he will flee from you.
We are more than conquerors through Christ who loves us
Surrendering one’s will to the Divine will
may SEEM a NEGATIVE procedure,
but it gives POSITIVE dividends.