Setting your house in order – Part 3
John 2:3-16 says, “And the Jews’ Passover was at hand, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem, 14 And found in the temple those that sold oxen and sheep and doves, and the changers of money sitting: 15 And when he had made a scourge of small cords, he drove them all out of the temple, and the sheep, and the oxen; and poured out the changers’ money, and overthrew the tables; 16 And said unto them that sold doves, Take these things hence; make not my Father’s house an house of merchandise.”
Beloved, the evil going on in our house and heart irritates God, for it is the abode of God. So, we must do something quickly in order to set our house in the order that pleases God. Many people, who allow their hearts to be occupied with covetousness, love of money and things of this world are polluting the house of God in them. It is a pity to see many Christians’ heart filled with moneychangers’ propensity, covetousness and yet they want to win souls and preach, which is why the Lord is asking you today to firstly set your heart in order. Some people have turned the House of God into business centres, and have succeeded in turning the mind of their members to be fixed on money instead of what will make them get to heaven at last. Many have turned the church into political field, where offices and positions are contested with a do-or-die attitude, thereby causing the mind of their followers to be choked up with contentions, thus giving no room for the Holy Spirit.
Our Master Jesus Christ used cane to send the moneychangers away from the temple. We are likewise expected to go and eradicate all the distractions in our houses, hearts and offices that are making us not to pay attention to the things of the Lord by our character and the gospel. This we must do, for we should be jealous of the house of God, for the House of God must not be misused by people claiming to be Christians but are not genuine.
Beloved, how do you see what is happening in your local churches, houses, offices and market places? How do you see the life your wife, husband, children, friends, etc are living? Are you seeing Christianity in them, are their lives bringing Glory to the House of God? Is there holiness and righteousness in your house? Are your house members interested in the things of God? Do they go to church in time and listen to sermons? If not, God is asking today that you should set your house in order.
Brethren, it’s very necessary that you put to check your wife, husband, children, yourself, and get to know if they are saved, sanctified and are making efforts to go to heaven, ready for rapture, serving God and doing His will. If you find them wanting in any of the above, set your house in order, and bring them to godly focus. Be concerned about what they do and how they do it in the House of God.
The Lord is telling us today to set our house in order. Who knows whether it is because the trumpet is about to sound? He loves us and has seen our commitment, labour, and wants us to set our house in order before the trumpet shall sound. We must not allow the House of God to be defiled; rather, we must begin the purification from ourselves then affect the lives of those around us, which include our local church members. We should always keep the temple of God (our hearts) pure, which are our house and the house of God. Setting your house/heart in order is a prerequisite of making it into heaven at last. So, if that has not been done, make haste to do it before it is too late and God will bless you in Jesus name
Brethren, let us keep to purity, for this is God’s injunction. Keep your wife pure; keep the children, friends and members of the church pure. Purity should be our watchword. So, let’s set our house in order.