The Housework That Is Our Homework
In a prayer, my pastor referred to the beautiful sanctuary in which we were worshipping that Sunday morning when the theme was “focus.” That got me thinking.
I thought about my house. Many in the United States have spent considerable money during the pandemic to make their houses more beautiful. My father taught me to focus more on function than appearance. A house is a shelter from the elements, not a means to impress others. A house requires upkeep, but that housework is not our homework.
I thought about church buildings. Many sanctuaries in the United States have stained glass windows, beautiful pews and impressive pulpits. Contrary to popular opinion, the bethel is not God’s house. Its upkeep diminishes the congregation’s ability to minister to others. As many as one in five churches will permanently close in less than two years because of the realities of Covid-19.1 A bethel requires upkeep, but that housework is not our homework.
I thought about a beautiful house Covid-19 cannot destroy. It is the real church, the incredibly diverse collection of Jesus’ followers all around the world through all time. They are the living stones God uses to build a spiritual house (1 Peter 2:1-25) on a chosen and precious living Cornerstone, Jesus Christ. That house is God’s primary focus and should be ours as well. We beautify it by not conforming to the evil desires we had when we lived in ignorance. We make it more attractive by setting ourselves apart to God and His purposes (1 Peter 1:14-15). We make it more winsome when we sincerely love other “stones” in that house (1 Peter 1:22). We adorn it by ridding ourselves of all malice and deceit, hypocrisy, envy and slander (1 Peter 2:1). The more pure spiritual milk (God’s word) we consume and apply, the more beautiful we make it! (1 Peter 2:2). That housework is our homework. #freechristiandiscipleshipresources #freeevangelismresources #freechristianleadershipresources
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