Allow me to ask you a question: “How well do you know yourself?” First, in order to know yourself well, you must frequently examine your environment and take time to clean house every so often, maybe even daily. Also, it is Spring again and it is the season to see what no longer belongs in your environment. To see what must be thrown out, repaired, or replaced with something which matches this season of life.
Let me ask, “do you know who lives in your house?” The “House” which I am referring to of course is your Body. Is anybody home? If you are reading this, I trust Jesus is home. However, where is He? Is Jesus shoved in the closet, or is he sitting dining with you for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and also in the living room, bedroom, bathroom, upstairs, downstairs, and wherever entertainment happens? In other words, does Jesus fill your house? Is He the Incense permeating through the entire house? However, this is a key point to make here: Every child of God begins as a baby, or “small seed.” But as time goes on, they should naturally grow, just like natural birth does. This is the way God designed Salvation to happen. The Seed of God’s Word being planted in you grows by water and Son-shine as you feast on His Word, in prayer, and in fellowship, “by faith.” And this faith is not stagnant but is a continuous process of growth. And just like a seed, the Word of truth entered your house and took its seat, beginning this process of moving from room to room, until it fills the entire space. But no matter where you’re at in your faith this message applies to you. “Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, for you were bought with a price… (And when Jesus purchased you by His blood, He did not just purchase your “heart”, but He purchased the entire house) …So glorify God in your body” (1 Cor. 6:19-20, emphasis mine).
So, when was the last time you allowed the Holy Spirit to “clean house”? Unless of course, your entire house is in order from top to bottom and from inside out. This house cleaning is actually supposed to be a daily process where we take time to quiet ourselves and ask God to examine us with the light of His Word and to do any “course correcting” which may be necessary to maintain a healthy environment for Him to dwell in. As intimidating as it sounds Jesus is Holy and He expects a Holy environment to live in. Does this sound impossible? In truth, it is simple. It is ALL just a matter of the motives of the heart. For when one’s heart is right before the Lord everything else falls into place. The heart, or as the Bible speaks of it, the “mind/thoughts/desires/depths” of a person is what directs all the rest of the parts of the body. And when Jesus sits enthroned as King of our heart/desires He is free to rule and make all the decisions in the house. And this house would then be considered a “Holy House” or Temple for the Holy Spirit to dwell in. For, where Christ is King there is His Kingdom. So, is He free to make all the decisions in your (I mean His) House? Since, as the writer of Hebrews notes: “…Christ is faithful over God’s house as a son. And we are his house, if indeed we hold fast our confidence and our boasting in our hope” (Heb. 3:6). When Jesus is “allowed” to rule freely in His house it is a lovely and freeing thing. But when we close doors on Him with a sign on the outside saying, “do not enter” it grieves His heart, since He does not enter to condemn but only to check where “Black mold” may be growing in order that it may be easily removed without destroying the entire house sometime later down the road. It would be wiser to place a sign on the door saying, “enter at your own risk” at least this way you are allowing Him to choose instead of blocking Him, which only grieves His Holy Spirit. And which only truly harms the “renter” (you) of that house, not the owner (Christ).
The day we truly realize that we are NOT our own, but fully belong to Christ in every way, is a marvelously freeing and incredibly satisfying day! And when we come to that place we will say, [that] “we have this treasure [the perfect Holy Spirit] in jars of clay [our very imperfect perishing bodies], to show that the surpassing power belongs to God and not to us” … [And even] “though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day” … [And even if/when this] tent that is our earthly home is destroyed, we have a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens” (2 Cor. 4:7, 16, & 5:1b). And this is the will and pleasure of the Owner of these Houses of ours; that we trust Him enough to have His way and to “clean house” as often as He deems necessary. For even when the walls of the house are eventually destroyed, the Foundation of the house (Christ), will simply transfer all that is left, meaning, the true person inside those walls, into eternity.