“And Moses verily was faithful in all his house, as a servant, for a testimony of those things which were to be spoken after; but Christ, as a Son over His own house, Whose house are we, if we hold fast the confidence and the rejoicing of the hope firm unto the end.”

Hebrews 3:5-6

Most of the time, you can tell a lot about the owner by just looking at the house in which they live.

They come in all shapes and sizes.  Big ones.  Small ones.  Simple ones.  Fancy ones.

Some have elaborate, expensive landscaping; others have none.  Some have designer drapes on the windows; others have inexpensive blinds or even cardboard or plastic over theirs.  Some look like homes of “the rich-and-famous,” while others are cluttered, dirty and unkempt.

But, the ones who live there usually call them “home.”

And, that’s why today’s Manna reminds us that our hearts are Jesus’ home after we’re born again—and the type lives we live will either bring glory or shame to Him and His Holy Name.

Again, some homes are spic-and-span spotless, looking like a virtual dollhouse or candidates for inclusion in “Better Homes and Gardens.”  Others more resemble a dump down in the ghetto, owned by a slumlord in which the inhabitants are simply looking for a place to lay their heads at night.

And, so it is with our lives.

When we realize the “King of kings and Lord of lords” is the One Who’s taking up residence within us after the new birth, we will want to give Him our best.  Just as we’d not leave dirty sheets on the bed or offer leftovers or crumbs to a guest in our home, neither should we expect our Guest to be satisfied with shabbiness or slothfulness when it comes to our walk with Him.

Instead, our “houses” (lives) should be squeaky clean through a daily “washing of the Word” (Eph. 5:26).  Likewise, we should also remember that He doesn’t want to remain as a guest in our home; He wants to be OWNER of everything and everyone within it!

Therefore, how important it is to give Him ALL the keys of our lives, not just part of them.  Just as we would not live in a house where some rooms are off-limits to us, neither should we expect the Lord Jesus to do so.  As someone once said, “He’ll be Lord of ALL or He won’t be Lord AT ALL.”  How true, how true.

Even though initially filled with numerous excuses when God called him, Moses was still “faithful in all his house, as a servant—which became a testimony and example for those who’d follow.”  And, the same is true for us, dear Pilgrim, when we remember Whose house we are and “hold fast our confidence and continue rejoicing in our Hope until our time here on earth is through.”

Remember:  It’s not how we start a race that matters; it’s how we finish.  That’s why we can never afford to grow “weary in well-doing and faint in our minds” (Gal. 6:9), for there’s still much work to do and many souls that hang in the balances of eternity.

By Tom Smith Morning Manna Dated January 15, 2011

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