#1 . Fact.
But in a great house there are not only vessels of gold and silver, but also of wood and clay, some for honor and some for dishonor.
Therefore if anyone cleanses himself from the latter, he will be a vessel for honor, sanctified and useful for the Master, prepared for every good work. (2 Timothy 2:20-21 NKJV)
Everyone of us has 2 homes. One is on earth, another is non-earthly.
It is either in heaven, or in eternal separation: hell!
God calls each ‘great!’ This means ‘great’ in importance.
When we examine them, God makes 2 classifications: clean or dirty, quality high or quality low. Value high or value low. The Builder’s input is dependent in time, but not eternity!
Living in America we soon realize a life esteemed but not realized by multitudes before freedom is to own our own home! Thus great investment has become of high priority to the typical home owner. A problem though arises: the first home is of much less importance in a relative sense that the eternal one, and both are impacted by the first one’s building because we live in it.
As yours truly has concluded, being a cleaner by vocation, a home requires maintenance or it loses value and thus usefulness. Such is true of our eternal one in a sobering sense: the way life is lived impacts both homes!
God says the same and reminds us of an accountability day to come. The problem comes that we forget about that day. Our conclusion is we have a ‘work’, duty, we are all expected to become a CLEANER!
Ps. 19:9 calls it ‘fear of the Lord’ and everlasting. But in the midst of living we forget that CLEAN CAN BE SEEN! Today I must make mine that way better than it is now.
This sermon seeds a lot of ideas, but one is to begin them all. Let my ‘house’ show! Another seed for you, reader: do you have a home being built in heaven?