Grandparents are interesting creatures, aren’t they? They just seem to glow at the very mention or the thought of those precious jewels, their grandchildren. You’ve surely seen the bumper sticker which solicits our inquiries. In essence it states, “Go ahead, please, make my day—ASK ME ABOUT MY GRANDCHILDREN!”
How wonderful it is to listen to the heart overflow as a grandmother tells of the first smile she saw, while that precious baby lay cradled in her arms. How beautiful it is to relive the event with a grandfather as he tells of baiting the hook so his grandson could catch his first trout from a clear mountain lake.
Even if no one asks, grandparents are going to tell us about their grandchildren. How can they help it? Thoughts of their grandchildren fill their hearts to overflowing. Remember that Jesus said the mouth speaks out of the overflow of the heart. (cf. Luke 6:45)
This may well be why Peter exhorts followers of Jesus to set apart Christ as Lord in our hearts as a prerequisite to giving an answer to those who ask us to give a reason for the hope that we have. (cf. 1 Peter 3:15) If Christ is the Lord of our lives and knowledge of the grace and truth that He came to reveal fills our hearts, then we will be eager to give an answer to everyone who asks us about the hope that is in us.
The point is not that those who follow Jesus have all of the answers, but that our surrendered hearts are overflowing with the ONE WHO HIMSELF IS ALWAYS THE ANSWER. If Jesus reigns in our hearts, then our mouths will overflow with words about Him. We will say, “Go ahead, please, make my day—ASK ME ABOUT MY JESUS!
© Bill Williams, September 13, 2006