2-2010 "Flimsy Little Abodes"

Perhaps it is no accident that Jesus was a carpenter before He began His public ministry. We know for sure that it was no accident that He died upon a cross made by an unknown carpenter.

“Flimsy Little Abodes”

By Lyndelle Brower Chiomenti

As I write this month’s Synapse, world news continues to highlight the plight of the Haitian people as they struggle to survive the 7.0 earthquake. In one of the earlier broadcasts a day or two after the quake, Raymond Alcide Joseph, Haiti’s ambassador to the United States, described the average houses in Port-au-Prince as “flimsy little abodes.”1 Based on the scenes of destruction we see in the media, one realizes the accuracy of Ambassador Joseph’s description.

If we are observing events unfolding in Haiti and reading this month’s Synapse, we most likely are fairly comfortable in a somewhat sturdy building—perhaps a college or public library, a dorm room, an apartment, a Starbuck’s, or a house. In addition, we are most likely quite thankful that the world is not sending food, water, clothing, tents, medical supplies, and money to us just so we can survive another minute, another hour, another day.

But beware! While the physical buildings we inhabit on a daily basis are generally well built, there is another building we need to consider. That building, so to speak, is our spiritual house. When Jesus finished His sermon on the mount, He said that people who hear His words and put them into practice are like a wise man who builds his house on a rock so that when bad storms come his house will stand firm. However, He also said that people who hear His words but do not put them into practice are like a foolish man who loses his “flimsy little abode” in a storm because he built his house on sand (Matt. 7:24–27).

Our spiritual house is thus made strong through obedience. It is not enough to believe intellectually in a set of doctrines. Those doctrines must kill sin in our hearts and bear fruit in our lives.2 Only then will our spiritual house be strong enough to stand when the storms come.

Perhaps it is no accident that Jesus was a carpenter before He began His public ministry. We know for sure that it was no accident that He died upon a cross made by an unknown carpenter. Today, invite Him to help you build your spiritual house firm upon the rock that is His Word.3

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1.WorldTourismDirectory.com. News. http://abcnews.go.com/GMA/haiti-ambassador-calls-earthquake-disaster-major-proportions/story?id=9548790 (accessed January 19, 2010).
2. See Thoughts From the Mount of Blessings, p. 146; Galatians 5:22–25; the book of James.
3. See Isaiah 40:8; Matthew 24:35; 1 Corinthians 3:11.