Keepers of The Home
The apostle Paul was a very zealous Jewish man before becoming radically saved by the Lord. He thought he was doing exactly what the Lord would have him to be doing by persecuting Christ’s followers, but he was not. The Lord met him in the middle of his travels to go persecute Christians and blinded him for three days. He was led to a Christian brother’s house who eventually prayed for him to receive his sight again. He fasted from food and water during those three days. It was a very humbling experience, but exactly what he needed in order to see just how blind he had been to the truth that was right there in front of him.
I see this same deception among many of Christ’s followers today. Some have called this deception “a religious spirit”. We go to church, serve there, and think that we are doing what God would want us to do, all while inside of our homes we are breaking the backs of our children and despising the head of our household, our husbands.
It is my prayer that God will act mightily in the lives of His children to rescue them from their own blindness, as He did the apostle Paul. I, myself, have teetered close to the edge of this predicament a time or two, and, without heeding the call from the Lord to open my eyes and repent, would become the foolish woman that tore down her own house with her own hands. Is this you today?
Deception is just that- a lie that we believe as truth. Lies, such as our husbands don’t love us the way they should or our children don't appreciate us enough, all become cancer to our souls. Our households become a cold and angry place instead of being full of the warmth of grace and understanding. The fragrance of Christ is replaced with self-righteous indignation.
What a pity to claim to know the One who sets us free and yet remain in chains. Surely we are the clay and God is the Potter. Why would we choose not to allow Him to mold us and shape us? Yet, that is exactly what we do when we go to church and plaster on a smile, singing worship songs while harboring bitterness in our hearts. Let us hearken to this somber scripture if we are wise and truly humble:
“Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded. Be afflicted, and mourn, and weep: let your laughter be turned to mourning, and your joy to heaviness. Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up. Speak not evil one of another, brethren. He that speaketh evil of his brother, and judgeth his brother, speaketh evil of the law, and judgeth the law: but if thou judge the law, thou art not a doer of the law, but a judge. There is one lawgiver, who is able to save and to destroy: who art thou that judgest another?” (James 4:8-12 KJV)
There have been many times that I have entered the house of the Lord excited to worship Him, but He has shown me how dirty my hands and heart were. I thank God that He makes me so aware and sensitive to my hypocrisy after I have been so oblivious to it. I repent and move on, receiving His grace. Sometimes that means that I need to go and apologize to someone. It is appropriate to be right with God, and sometimes that means humbling ourselves before man and confessing that we were wrong. This is the kind of offering that pleases the Lord - humility.
“Therefore if thou bring thy gift to the altar, and there rememberest that thy brother hath ought against thee; Leave there thy gift before the altar, and go thy way; first be reconciled to thy brother, and then come and offer thy gift.” (Matthew 5:23-24, KJV)
May the Lord richly bless you with the gift of His Holy Spirit so that you may walk in a way that is pleasing to Him and a benefit to yourself and others.