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Thursday, June 16, 2011

The House...

"but Christ was faithful as a Son over His house--whose house we are, if we hold fast our confidence and the boast of our hope firm until the end."--Hebrews 3:6.  The Hebrew writer telling this group of Jewish Christians that Jesus, as our High Priest is over the House of God (the church).  And we are that house as long has we hold fast our confidence and boast of our hope until the end.  This is what we must do if we expect to stay in the house. 

The house.  We look around and we see the housing market having problems left and right.  It seems everyday I hear of another house going into foreclosure.  Even this last Tuesday, a gentleman I spoke to said his next door neighbor's house was in foreclosure.  I sometimes ask myself what happens that these people are forced to move out of the house? 

The house.  We can spend all day on why the house goes into foreclosure.  We can blame it on the individual or on the lender or the sub prime mortgages that we loaned.  What it ultimately comes down to is the failure of someone to adhere to what was necessary to keep the house. 

The house.  I pray reader that you have not been the victim of foreclosure.  But if you are this storm shall pass.  But back to what I want to share with you today regarding the house.  Not a physical house but the house of God. 

The house.  As members of the Lord's church, we are all living in a house. We are all members of a household. Because we live in this house that has been built by Jesus Christ Himself (Matthew 16:18) using the apostles as the foundation (Ephesians 2:20), we too must adhere to certain rules if we expect to stay in the house. 

God is most definitely not a sub prime lender.  As Christians we need to realize that God expects us to be all in or nothing.  I have to admit here that some unwise choices I made in the past led me to not have the greatest credit score in the world and while I learned from those choices, I don't want those same choices to carry over into my relationship with God and lower my "credit score" with God. We all need to have this same attitude that we are going to do all we can to maintain a healthy relationship with Christ and keep His commands so that we are not forced to move out of the House, His house. 

The House.  The beautiful thing is that unlike the bank, if we are forced out of the house, God gives us the opportunity to move back into the house if we so desire.  But this is contingent upon us committing our lives to Him and desiring to obey His commands giving us a chance at repairing our "credit score" with God not because we deserve it or we have somehow earned it but because God is gracious.  Through His grace we are given a second chance at living in the house through obedience to the gospel message.  

God wishes for everyone to live in His house and none to perish.  However, living in His House is contingent upon repentance (2 Peter 3:9) and putting our trust in Him and following His commands in our lives as well as being baptized into Christ if you have not done so.  I don't know where you are at in your walk with God but maybe for some reason you chose to move out of the house or you have never moved in before.  Your chance to move back in or move in for the first time is now.  Hold fast to your confidence and boast of your hope in Him until the end by sharing the gospel message with others.  What will you do with THE HOUSE?


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