Paul says we Christians are running a race. Here's what I'm looking at on my run toward Christ.

Monday, October 10, 2016


Last year Christine and I bought our first house.

Having gone through the home buying process and now some of the minor home repairs that go along with being a homeowner we have found an interest in HGTV.  We especially enjoy House Hunters because we can relate to what the people on the show are going through.  A few years ago the idea of watching House Hunters seemed ridiculous, but now the only reason we don't watch is if we've seen that episode before.

Now, House Hunters can be annoying because of some of the silly things they say they want in a home, but we see on that show how much people care about a home that will be theirs.  When the home is yours and you are spending lots of money on it you want it to be a certain way.  You look at a wall and say, "We'll need to take this wall out" or you say to the kitchen, "Oh, that will have to be redone."

For that reason HGTV has a lot of remodeling shows.  We love watching people take a rather unremarkable home and renovate it into something beautiful.  This is why we watch shows like Fixer Uppers, Flip or Flop, Property Brothers and Love It or List It.  We enjoy watching the creativity of a designer beautify a space that really needs it.

Now remember this as we look at Hebrew 3:6.

"But Christ is faithful as a Son over God's house.  And we are His house, if we hold on to our courage and the hope of which we boast."  Hebrews 3:6

The writer of Hebrews calls us God's house in this metaphor.  Earlier in Hebrews he/she said that we were part of God's family otherwise known as His house or household, but in this passage he/she is referring to a house like the building.

Jesus as our creator is the builder of the house and worthy of great honor because of that, but He's also entitled to repair the house.

Jesus is faithful as a Son over God's house.

When I rented a house HGTV didn't appeal to me at all, because as the renter I couldn't do any of those changes to the house that I saw on TV.  However, as Son over God's house and as heir of that house, Jesus has every right to make changes to the house.

Sin has made us dilapidated and we as God's house need to be ready for renovating, cleansing, repairing and beautifying on the inside and out.  Jesus will make His Father's house so much better than the best HGTV result.  And Jesus will do it because we are His family's house.  We are not some house to be flipped and sold to the highest bidder.  No, we were bought with a price and the owner now is going to fix us up so He can take residency in us.

"Jesus, replied, If anyone loves me, he will obey my teaching.  My Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our home with him."  John 14:23

If you think the personalities and crews on HGTV are good, wait until you see what the Man on JCTV will do.  The one who made the universe does amazing work in home renovation.

We together are His house so hold on to your courage and the hope of which you boast today.

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