In Luke 24, Jesus is risen and He teaches about himself to some of His own disciples. The cool part is that they don’t know who He is. As far as they know, He is just some stranger that is walking down the road. As they continue on, the Bible tells us that, And they drew nigh unto the village, whither they went: and he made as though he would have gone further. But they constrained him, saying, Abide with us: for it is toward evening, and the day is far spent. And he went in to tarry with them.
Did you catch that? Jesus pretended like He was going to continue on. He was going to leave. Perhaps, if they didn’t call for Him, He would have left. We cannot make assumptions, but we can take some truths from this account.
These men may have not known that the man was Jesus, but they knew that He had more wisdom and understanding then they. Walking down the road, they had learned and understood more than before. When the source of their learning was about to continue on, they pleaded that He would stay. Reading on further, we find that when Jesus broke bread with them, He revealed Himself to them. (v. 30-31)
I don’t think that God pretends to leave us today, but I do believe there’s a principle here. In this passage, God approached them. Later on, God put the ball in their court. If you are a Christian, you know that God has approached you. He convicted your heart. He gave you opportunities to serve Him. There are countless ways that God approaches us. But if we want a truly intimate fellowship with Him, we have to demonstrate our desire for His fellowship. We have to "constrain" Him.
So I ask you today, how much do you desire fellowship with God? The Bible tells us in James 4:8, that if we draw close to God, He will draw close to us. Are you drawing close to God? If you want a close relationship with God, you must reciprocate. You must make an effort. If you do, then just like these disciples, you will enjoy a relationship on a deeper level. You will know Him.
Do you have an easy-come easy-go mentality when it comes to God’s presence and fellowship? Or do you truly desire it? Jesus wants to come in and dine with you. Will you ask Him to?