What’s in your house? What things make your house a home? Did you buy those furnishings? I think we’ve all invested in equipping our homes with the proper essentials. After all, our homes are places that accommodate, hold, and store the things that we buy and bring into them.
One of the things I have purchased for my home, and something that I love, is my Alexa. She is the “know it all” electronic that has caught the attention of people everywhere. In fact, since Alexa’s debut in 2014, Amazon has sold over 5 million of these “smart speakers!”
As you may already know, Alexa has been programmed with a vast amount of knowledge. She answers trivia questions, gives the weather forecast, plays your favorite music, informs you of the latest NBA scores, and on and on. Alexa can even tell jokes!
However, when you start asking Alexa about Jesus, she can’t deliver. She’s limited in her knowledge of Him and pretty much all biblical truths. Oh, she knows some historical data about Jesus. But if you go beyond the surface and dig deeper into the application of the concept of Christ, she is no longer as useful. It’s because Alexa has no concept of what it means to have a relationship with Christ.
Now, how does all this talk about Alexa relate to us? Well, we might know a “whole lot” about faith, about church, about worship, and about God on the surface, but do we really know Him deep within our hearts? Does our life reflect His word? His promises to us?
The Bible says in Hosea 4:6 that “My people perish for a lack of knowledge.” The word perish in this context means:
- to suffer death
- to fall
- to expire
- to go the way of all flesh
So, if we want to LIVE a life of purpose and not perish, we have to know some stuff. We might have a world of information stored in our brains, but without the right knowledge and “programming,” we’ve got nothing. The good news is, God has already programmed us with everything we need for life and godliness. Did you know that? Everything you need to be successful has already been pre-deposited within you. (2 Peter 1:3) Isn’t that wonderful? You don’t have to look for man’s approval or make sure people like you enough to help you out. Everything you need is already there.
Just as Amazon’s tech experts have preprogrammed information into to Alexa, God has pre-deposited exactly what you need to live successfully for Him. Oh, we might think we are living prosperous lives outside of His will, but if we are listening or fooling around with ignorance, there is no way we can live intellectually. And if we are living in sin, there is no way that we can truly be successful.
Proverbs 4:23 says to “Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.” We cannot live out our faith if we are filled with the wrong wiring, messaging, or programing, or if we have nothing stored up inside. After all, nothing + nothing = nothing!
Please hear me clearly. “Nothing + nothing = nothing.” God is ready to move you from faith to faith and glory to glory. He is ready for your complete, customized activation! He is ready to move through your ministry, your business, and your life.
Just as we de-clutter our houses and determine what needs to stay and what needs to be thrown out, let’s be clear about what needs to happen in us spiritually. What “spiritual furniture” needs to be rearranged or removed altogether? It’s time we take a hard look at the “stuff” we’ve accumulated and get our spiritual houses in order. Can I get an Amen?
I share more about this in a message I have called “What’s In Your House?”.
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