housescriptureRead Matthew 21:12-16
“And Jesus went into the temple of God, and cast out all them that sold and bought in the temple, and overthrew the tables of the moneychangers, and the seats of them that sold doves” (v. 12).
Since my husband grew up in a builder’s home, we enjoy looking through model homes, finished or not. If it is furnished and decorated, the house tells a lot about the people living there. I especially remember a furnished one we toured that had a million dollar price tag. There were three levels of living space, two kitchens, and a guest house, all beautifully decorated. But what impressed us most was the fact that there were Christian mottos on the walls and an open Bible prominently placed on the office desk. We concluded that the family living there loved Jesus.
What would people conclude about us if they could see the furnishings of our “heart houses”? Would the decor indicate wrong attitudes and desire for things that would displease our Lord? Or would the beauty of a heart surrendered to God be evident?
What if Jesus came physically into our churches, what would He find? Is our church a place where truth is taught and careful living encouraged? Would He find evidences of love, peace, and joy? Or would He need to drive out strife, self-will, and pride? May we open the doors of our hearts and let Jesus drive out what is displeasing to Him. (Leta Witt)

Into my heart, into my heart, come into my heart, Lord Jesus;
Come in today, come in to stay; come into my heart, Lord Jesus.
— Harry D. Clarke.

Let us strive to decorate our lives and churches with a love that is evident.

This week's featured devotional is from the Thursday, February 5, 2015 entry of Opening the Word.
Photo Credit: Cayman Brac Mission Home by Zenia Woods