For every house is built by someone, but the builder of all things is God. Now Moses was faithful in all God’s house as a servant, to testify to the things that were to be spoken later, but Christ is faithful over God’s house as a son. And we are his house if indeed we hold fast our confidence and our boasting in our hope. Hebrew 3:4-6
One of the American Dreams is to own your own house. So much so, that not very long ago people who wanted it too quickly without having the proper savings or financial stability found creative ways to get one. Many bankrupted themselves, and almost our nation in the process. At the same time, the demand was so great for new houses that contractors cut corners. They bought cheap brick that melted, drywall that contained toxins, scrimped on the wood for the studs, and hurried the foundations.
The passage says we are now God’s house. His Spirit dwells within us. Christ is our sure foundation, and that makes the house sturdy. God does not cut corners. He has given us the materials we need to build a fine dwelling for His Spirit. These may be a faith of someone we admire, a sermon, the innocent wisdom of our child, a lesson learned. What’s more, He gives us the blue prints in His Word. All we have to do is follow the directions laid out before us, step by step. But that is the hard part, because we want to make improvements, change the plan, use different materials (i.e. messages from movies, TV talk hosts or people who claim all paths lead to God).
It is so tempting to try and do things our way, not His. But we only end up using are shoddy materials that will fall apart. It is so much better to build your world around Christ and let Him dwell in you. Then, like the little pig that built his house of bricks, nothing on this earth can blow it down. Your faith can be a shelter for your brothers and sisters. You can show them the blueprints and help them build their own place for Christ to dwell. It is never to late to renovate!