What’s in Your House?

There is a commercial where the tag line is “what’s in your wallet?”  It is a great line as it conveys a complicated question in a few simple words. In the case of the commercial, it is talking about a credit card and if you are not using the one in the commercial, then you are not getting the best benefits. If we take that same concept and ask the question in a slightly different way, it might go “what’s in your house?” When someone come into your house or apartment, what do they see on your shelves? Is anything in your house representative of what you believe? What we put on our walls, our shelves, our cabinets and our doors speak volumes. It speaks volumes to your family and your friends. We all know actions speak louder than words, but so does the contents of your house. If you walked into a house of someone who professes Jesus as their Lord, but has a statue of Buddha prominently displayed or a satanic pentagram on a picture, what would you think?  Conversely, if you saw Christian books, a bible on the coffee table and a cross on the wall, you might think they have a passion for Jesus. This will open up a conversation about your beliefs and an opportunity to share your faith.

In Joshua 24:14-15 we are told, “now, therefore, fear the Lord and serve Him in sincerity and truth; and put away the gods which your fathers served beyond the River and in Egypt, and serve the Lord. If it is disagreeable in your sight to serve the Lord, choose for yourselves today whom you will serve: whether the gods which your fathers served which were beyond the River, or the gods of the Amorites in whose land you are living; but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.” (NASB) The Israelites had crossed into the Promise Land and under Joshua’s leadership had claimed it. As Joshua was about to die, he makes a speech to the Israelites to remind them how God had released them from bondage. That they were free and they needed to be faithful to serve God. He challenged them to serve the Lord and not get sidetracked with the culture going on around them. In that culture, they worshiped false gods and too many times the Israelites were enticed to believe it was ok to have a pagan statue or two.

Unfortunately, it is way too easy for us to get sidetracked by what is going on in the culture. It is enticing to engage in movies, TV shows, books, music, etc. to have something to talk about on Monday.  But we need to have a resolve like Joshua and make a firm declaration that you and your family and your house will serve the Lord. By making sure your house is representative of your passion and love for Christ, you will open up opportunities to have a positive influence on your friends and neighbors.

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