I found this verse interesting when I read it:


I know that you are offspring of Abraham; yet you seek to kill me because my word finds no place in you.” (John 8:37 ESV)


Why does this interest me? There is no surprise that the people Jesus addressed in this passage were Jews (offspring of Abraham). We also know it was the religious establishment (Pharisees, Sadducees, Chief Priests, Money Changers) who wanted Jesus killed. They were the ones who plotted against Him. They were the ones who thought they had the most to lose if Jesus was in power. They knew first hand that He was opposed to their legalism and the religious burden they placed on the people. He had told them so. He had them pegged, and they proved it by their actions. All of this is not new information to me. But when I read what He said was the reason for their perspective, and what created their perspective of Him, I then saw something new that I hadn’t seen before. What was it? Read it again:


“because my word finds no place in you.”


So let’s play the what-if game. What if  they allowed Jesus’ word to find a place in their hearts? How would it have changed their view of Him? How would it have changed their view of power and position? How would it have changed their view of the people they purported to be concerned about? How would it have changed their legalistic religious rules by instead breathing the heart of grace into the things they believed and taught? Would not Jesus’ word have helped them understand what they were missing? Would His word not have filled in the missing facts and relevant points that made their teaching and doctrine sterile and lifeless? Would His word have helped them individually to get their life in order before it emerged from their mouths and actions to the listeners they influenced? Of course that is what would have happened. Instead they missed out on a lot of life changing things, because they had no room in their hearts for Jesus’ word.


There was one Pharisee who had room in his heart for Jesus word. Look what Nicodemus said:


Now there was a man of the Pharisees named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews. This man came to Jesus by night and said to him, “Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher come from God, for no one can do these signs that you do unless God is with him.”  (John 3:1-2 ESV)


There were also soldiers sent by the Pharisees who had room in their heart for Jesus word. Look what one of they said:


The officers then came to the chief priests and Pharisees, who said to them, “Why did you not bring him?” The officers answered, “No one ever spoke like this man!”  (John 7:45-46 ESV)


The point is Jesus excludes no one from Pharisee to soldier from receiving the benefit of His word, if we have room in our heart for it. But the question is not if Jesus is willing to give it to anyone including the vilest of people. The question is if a man or woman is willing to make room in their heart for His word. If we are not willing, then we can understand from what we’ve read in scripture and seen in history that our perspective about life and purpose will be tainted, limited, and most often will stand in opposition to the amazing grace and guidance our Heavenly Father wants to give us. We will not seek it. We will not value it, and we will miss out on so much because of it.


On the other side of not making room for Jesus’ word in our heart are those people who are willing to do so. Those people will come to understand a depth or life and even death that the rest of the world cannot grasp. That is what happens when we make room in our heart for Jesus’ word. We learn how to live. Is there room in your heart for His word?