What kind of “house” are you?
This past Monday I was in Alabama for an inspection of the home we intend to purchase in May. For those who haven’t been through that process lately, it is a rather intense process. The inspector is hired to evaluate the home in all areas. His (or her) job is to provide an exhaustive review of the home for the future homeowner to ensure they are not buying something that will have serious issues in the immediate future.
My inspector, Ron, began on the outside before moving to the inside. He was thorough walking around the house looking at moisture patterns, noticing how the moss was growing on the north side of the house (which is common on wooded lots), consider the windows, the structure of the deck, etc. We moved inside and he was just as detail oriented as he tested every accessible plug, opened and closed every window, tested every appliance, checked every faucet, etc. The inspection took close to four hours. At the end, I received a twenty-nine page report. By the way, it’s a great house with minimal issues. Some reports are longer.
Jesus used a house as an illustration in Matthew 7: “Everyone then who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on the rock. And everyone who hears these words of mine and does not do them will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell, and great was the fall of it.”
—Matthew 7:24–27, ESV
The children’s song that is based on this passage has two different third verses. Some sing, “So build your house on the Lord Jesus Christ.” Others like myself sing, “So build your faith on the Lord Jesus Christ.” The reason I chose the latter is because that is what Jesus is truly asking from us. You can be foolish and build your faith on shaky ground and it will fail. Or, you can be a wise builder and build your house on the words of Jesus (the rock) and it will stand.
When is the last time you performed a home inspection on yourself? Not an actual home inspection. But a faith inspection. When is the last time you took the time to walk around your life of faith and look at how well it is built?
Begin with the outside. What do others see? Are there areas you are covering up? Are there actions you have committed that give the wrong impression about who you are and what you believe?
Then move internally. When you are alone, where are your thoughts focused? Are you truly a spiritual person? A disciple who strives to follow Jesus every day? Or, are you just the person who claims discipleship, shows up for the assemblies acting as if everything is fine, and then goes home to live the life of a hypocrite? Which kind of “house” are you?
I would encourage you to take your time and evaluate everything. This isn’t a quick and easy process. In fact, it can be lengthy and painful—you might find out you aren’t the wise builder you thought you were. If not, repair your home and build on the rock. Build your life on Jesus Christ.