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Home Sweet Home

Home ownership.

A goal that most at some point hope to obtain. A place to call our very own. A place to find refuge at the end of a long day. A place to create memories that last a life time. Ol’ home sweet home.

“For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.” -
Ephesians 2:8-10 ESV

Most of the time, it’s great. But sometimes, home ownership is not great. You think things are finally all set and just the way you’d like them to be, when all of a sudden - it rains & you discover a leak in the roof. When all of a sudden - the ac unit dies in the middle of the blazing summer months. When all of a sudden - and the list goes on and on. Because that’s the thing with owning a home, the to-do list NEVER ends. There’s always something to work on or something to tweak.

“Therefore, as you received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in him, rooted and built up in him and established in the faith, just as you were taught, abounding in thanksgiving.” 
Colossians 2:6-7 ESV

This goes hand in hand with the Christian faith. No one is ever a perfect being, embodying the pure righteousness of Christ. We all ALWAYS need tweaking, need work. No matter how many Sunday School classes we attend, sermons we listen to, times we read through the Bible, etc. - we always need to learn and grow. Thankfully, as Paul mentions in the previous verse, once we are baptized in Christ, we are rooted in Him. We now have a firm foundation through faith in Christ.

Leave a house alone long enough, never working on anything on the to-do list, and eventually the house becomes decrepit, needing far more than simple TLC. Likewise, we need to stay plugged in the faith. We need to continue to strive forward in the faith, taking steps one day at a time. Because as we all know, life is hard and it often beats us down. These trials are a test of our faith and allow us to treasure our walk with Christ that much more.

“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you, who by God’s power are being guarded through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. In this you rejoice, though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been grieved by various trials, so that the tested genuineness of your faith—more precious than gold that perishes though it is tested by fire—may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ.” 

 1 Peter 1:3-7 ESV

The good thing is that as long as we endure life with faith in future grace and walk humbly with God, our “house” will stand firm on the solid rock.

“I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Henceforth there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, will award to me on that day, and not only to me but also to all who have loved his appearing.”

2 Timothy 4:7-8 ESV

- Christopher Mead