I love our home! We have a list a mile long of home improvement projects we want to start or finish. Some are small like painting or finally putting the trim up in our bathroom that has was “remodeled” two years ago. Other projects are much more significant, like knocking out walls, replacing windows, building a gigantic deck. And you can’t have a gigantic deck without a pergola. And we can’t have a gigantic deck and a pergola without a brick oven. And So on and so forth.
Jordan and I like to sit on our front porch and dream and plan about all of the projects we want to complete to make it the perfect home.
Our home sweet home
We love our pond!
Our girls: Sweetpea and Queenie
Lately, I have been thinking that I should be more of doing what Matthew says in chapter 6, “Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal; but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”
My “heart” should be in sharing the love of God and making sure that every decision our family makes, is made with consideration to its impact on eternity. Decisions that impact our childrens’ eternal future not just their earthly future. Sure, I want them to get a good education and have successful careers; but at what cost? What good is any of that, if Jordan and I have not instilled a love for God into their hearts. What good is a successful career, if we have not made sure they have secured a place in heaven. I only have my children in the home for 18 years, and I should be using every opportunity I get to talk to my children about Jesus. I want to make that a normal part of conversation in our home. I want us to be a praying family. And no, not just at dinner and bedtime.
I should be spending at least as much time investing in our eternal future than in my physical home. I need to stop focusing on how to perfect our house because it is just my temporary lodging. I will live in our home for maybe 50 years. And what are 50 years in comparison to eternity? Not even a blink of an eye. I need to be investing in my eternal home. I should be studying my bible, teaching my kids, inviting the lost and hurting to church and sharing the love of God with them.
I have been given a new outlook on life. I have been reminded over and over again that this world is not my home. This life is temporary. I believe it is a good thing to have some sense of urgency about this. Not a paranoia; but an urgency that makes us want share the gospel with those who aren’t saved. We seem to think that we are going to live forever. You could die in a car wreck tomorrow, or Christ could come back next week. Are you in a place, where you know, you would go to heaven if something were to happen to you? What about your loved ones or your neighbors?
This falls on us. How are people going to hear the good news of Jesus Christ if we aren’t telling anyone? No, we can’t force feed them our beliefs but how can they be saved if they have never been told of or shown the love of God? The Bible is pretty clear on the conditions about getting into Heaven.
“I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” John 14:6 NKJV
“Jesus is ‘the stone you masons threw out, which is now the cornerstone.’ Salvation comes no other way; no other name has been or will be given to us by which we can be saved, only this one.”
Acts 4:8-12 MSG
“Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it. Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it.”
Matthew 7:13 NKJV
I’m sorry if that offends you, but I feel I am doing you a disservice if I tell you it’s okay to be a good person, but not know Christ, and still have a place in Heaven. There is no such thing as a good person. We all are rotten to the core. None of us should be able to get to Heaven because we have all sinned and fallen short.
Enter Jesus: Jesus Christ came down from his throne in heaven, to live the perfect life that we couldn’t possibly live.
He committed no sins.
None. (I can’t seem to make it ten minutes without sinning)
He became a human sacrifice, a perfect sacrifice, to pay the penalty for all of our sins.
So we can get into Heaven.
Our list of sins has been blotted out permanently.
Talk about bargain!
He has made a way for you.
Even if you think you are the worst of the worst of sinners and you think you don’t deserve salvation.
YOU DON’T deserve it; NONE OF US do!
AND STILL, Christ died willingly for each and everyone of us!
Here is how easy it is to secure your spot in Heaven.
1. Admit you are a sinner
- I think if you are honest with yourself you can see that you are. We all are.
- We are born little, tiny sinners.
- You don’t have to teach a toddler to lie, or hit, or teach them the principle of “MINE!”
2. Believe in your heart and confess with your mouth that Jesus Christ died on the cross to pay for your sin.
Now, granted this is the bare minimum to be a Christian. You will miss out on so many opportunities, and blessings if you only do these two things and never strive for sanctification (becoming more like Christ). If you are really saved and love God, you should want to do things that please Him. Just like you want to do things to please the people in your life that you love.
Now, I also feel that there are a lot of Christians that think that they are somehow “better” than other Christians because they volunteer at bible school, they don’t gossip, or attend church every Sunday while sitting the same pew. I do not believe there is such thing as a “better” Christian.
“For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast.”
Ephesians 2:8-9 NKJV
It’s all about grace. Not good works. There is nothing we can do to repay what Christ did for us.
Anywhoo, My point is, we need to stop striving for the best things in this life, if we have not taken care of our eternal future. We need to ask what kind of impact are we having on other people? Will there be someone in heaven because you let God use you to witness to them? Do your children understand the importance of salvation? Are you showing people the love of God? Or are you spending all of my time and energy trying to perfect your earthly home?
All of this is just stuff. We put way to much stock in what other people will think of our stuff, so we want get nicer stuff. But when we die we won’t take any of this stuff with us.
I’m not saying you need to live in a shoebox. God has nothing against money. It becomes a problem when you love it and depend on it more than Christ.
I also need to do better job of using the earthly possessions God has blessed me with to do his work and bless other people. He has given us a great home and I need to open it up to others in hospitality. I need to make sure that I am holding on to my earthly possessions loosely and holding on to God with a firm grasp!
I am making it one of my goals to spend more time investing in my eternity and less time perfecting my temporary home.