Rebuilding the House

Rebuilding the House

It takes a lot of work to maintain a house.  Periodically, we have to repaint the walls or change the wallpaper.  We may even need to replace the flooring in the house because the sub floor goes bad.  Toilets need replaced, pipes need cleaning when they get clogged.  The outside will need fresh paint after several years.  The hedges need clipped, the yard needs mowed.  The roof will eventually need repaired or replaced.  The tree limbs need to be cut back so they don’t end up lying on the house.  If we fail to do the upkeep on our house, it will become dirty and dingy.  It will begin to stink.  It may also be vandalized.

We are God’s house.  Just as it takes effort to maintain a physical house to live in, it also takes effort to maintain our ‘temple.’  If we aren’t keeping ourselves in the Word, letting it ‘wash us’ (Ephesians 5:26), we will become dirtied by the world.  If we don’t daily seek God’s help in becoming the aroma of Christ (II Corinthians 2:15), we will begin to stink because our carnal nature will rise up and try to take over.  Next, we will find ourselves giving the devil a foothold. (Ephesians 4:27) Once he gets a foothold on us, it opens our temple up to being vandalized by spiritual forces of evil. (Ephesians 6:12)

In Ezra 5:2, we see where Zerubbabel and Jeshua set out to rebuild the house of God.  Sometimes we need to do our own ‘rebuilding.’  When we find ourselves in a place where we’ve begun to neglect our ‘house,’ we need to repent and ask God to restore to us the passion for our first love. (Revelation 2:4)

Do you need to do some rebuilding?

© 2005, Stacy R. Miller


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