Saturday, December 29, 2012
Begin by praying the Collect for Grace and Collect for Purity.
Collect for Grace:
Lord God, almighty and everlasting Father, you have brought us safely to this new day: Preserve us with your mighty power, that we may not fall into sin, nor be overcome by adversity; and in all we do, direct us to the fulfilling of your purpose; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Collect for Purity:
Almighty God, to you all hearts are open, all desires known, and from you no secrets are hidden: Cleanse the thoughts of our hearts by the inspiration of your Holy Spirit, that we might perfectly love you, and worthily magnify your holy name; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Read: Psalm 147:12-20, 1 Chronicles 28:1-10, and 1 Corinthians 3:10-17
A house built of straw will only last until the first big, bad wolf comes along to blow it down. A house built of brick will last longer, but even if no wolves come to visit, it will fall down eventually. A house made of wood can last over a hundred years if we take care of it, but sooner or later it will fall apart.
It is the same with our character houses. We’re all building houses – character houses. Our characters are like houses. The better materials we use, and the better care we give, the better the house will be. But if we keep taking off boards to burn to keep ourselves warm, we’ll eventually burn our character houses up. If we keep flinging rocks through the windows, we’ll eventually have none.
We need to be careful how we care for our characters.
Eventually, everything we do will be tested by fire. This doesn’t mean that all of our houses are going to burn down. This is more figurative. Remember that one of the symbols of the Holy Spirit is fire (remember Acts 2?). When God comes, he has a way of burning through the bad and leaving only the good.
Will your character house withstand the flame, or will you be left with nothing?