I was privileged to accompany a friend on a house hunting trip recently. It felt like House Hunters, my favorite show! As we viewed different houses however, I saw a correlation between homes and spirituality.
Several homes had absolutely wonderful curb appeal. The photos which looked gorgeous on the internet were nothing like the home we viewed! It was obvious that there was much renovation to be done! 1960s carpets, old appliances, there would be walls to tear down and it smelled badly. Mmmm, how typical to someone who looks so stunning on the outside but as soon as they open their mouth, unkind behavior or foul language comes spewing out. Just like that house, those people need a renovation! They need God’s Word which cleanses the soul and restructures lives into True Beauty.
One lovely home, which she thought via the internet, would be “the one,” had several massive cracks in the basement walls. Foundations are tricky things, it could be the prettiest home on the block, but if it falls apart, it’s not so great.
A Christian’s testimony is only as good as its foundation as well! Someone might look like ‘the one,’ but if she/he is not grounded in the Word of God, massive cracks can appear in the lives of those Christians. It is never wise to build your marriage, personal friendship or business relationship on a cracked foundation. Rather stand solidly on the Word of God!
One home’s owner had just entered an assisted living facility. The house was on a quiet, secluded lot with lovely trees surrounding the property. Looked promising, but upon walking up the driveway, it was obvious that the home needed a new garage door and roof. It was even sadder on the inside. The house hadn’t been updated since 1955, the year it was built. Linoleum floors and an indoor shuffleboard court, graced the premises. An original pink built-in oven and other 1950 appliances covered the kitchen. (When I saw the horror on my friends face, I jokingly suggested that the stove could be sold on eBay, but . . . somehow that didn’t entice her.)
Some Christians are like that. They get stuck in the past and never grow in grace. After the Dead Sea Scrolls were found in the late 1940s, new translations validated and reflected the Word of God as accurately as possible. Searching and reading other translations is fine as long as they are grounded in Truth.
The last home we viewed had nothing special about the exterior. In fact she had no interest in seeing it at first. But since the realtor had to leave a card, we shrugged and reluctantly went inside. Well built, this home was exactly what she had wanted from the start. In a lovely setting, it sported updated features like plush carpet and renovated bathrooms. It turned out to be the perfect home after all!
Are we biased when we view others? Do we welcome only those who are attractive or wealthy? Or do we see each visitor as a potential brother and sister in Christ? Once we welcomed a passing drifter to our Sunday School. What a surprise to discover that he knew more about the Bible than most of us! This certainly pleased God more than his appearance!
Therefore let your godly temple become a New Creation, strongly built upon a Firm Foundation.
“However, God’s solid foundation still stands. It has this inscription on it: “The Lord knows those who belong to him,” and “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord must turn away from evil.” (2 Timothy 2:19)