Thursday, October 14, 2010

Beautiful Houses

One thing the outer banks has an abundance of are nice houses.  From multi-tiered decks to bright colors to theater rooms with giant projection televisions to ocean views to private paths to the beach.  So many houses are big and beautiful.  At least on the outside.  Unfortunately, many of these houses are poorly built and feature leaky roofs, weak spots in the hardwood floors that feel as though you may just step through to the floor below, sloppy painting, and crooked fixtures.  While the decks are nice, they are mostly void of any furniture.  There are broken radios, broken speakers, broken appliances, and more.  In other words, these houses have all the image of opulence, but they are actually very cheaply made.

How true can this be for much what calls itself by the name of Jesus.  There are so many churches steeped in opulence from steeples that reach to the skies, to hand crafted stained glass, to expensive lighting fixtures, to clever advertising, to giant buildings, these churches scream wealth.  Unfortunately, many of these churches are rich unto the world but poor unto God.  When you look inside you see a broken theology lacking in any real foundation in the Word of God.  You see much preaching on how to make people feel good, but none on actually changing hearts and lives for God. 

How true this can also be for us personally.  How many put on a great Christian "image" but are really spiritual broken inside.  So many of us know the Bible, know the songs, know how to act as a Christian, and go to church once or twice each and every week.  How many of us go through the Christian motions without ever really knowing the power of God in our lives.  It is all just a show, and sometimes we do not even realize it.  We call ourselves Christian out of habit then we do out of a real love for God.  We are more really good fans of Jesus then part of the faith.  We wear the shirts, we cheer him on every Sunday, we defend Him is someone speaks badly of him,. but we never really commit to being a part of Him.  Wearing a jersey and cheering does not make you part of the team.  We must commit to Christ in our hearts, not just cheer for him with our appearance. 

The fact is that if you work on the inside, if you make the commitment, the outside will take care of itself.   Don't like behind a facade of a pretend faith, but be rich in His grace and allow Him to build you into a light shining on a hill for all the world to see. 
"Therefore whoever hears these sayings of Mine, and does them, I will liken him to a wise man who built his house on the rock:  and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it did not fall, for it was founded on the rock. But everyone who hears these sayings of Mine, and does not do them, will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand: and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it fell. And great was its fall."  Matthew 7:24-27 NKJV

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