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September 19, 2021 | Doug Sauder
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“But Christ is faithful as the Son over God’s house. And we are his house, if indeed we hold firmly to our confidence and the hope in which we glory.”—Hebrews 3:6 (NIV)
Today’s devotional verse from Hebrews does two things:
Wait a minute? What does the word house mean here? Put simply, the house of God is the body/family of Christ. Just as babies become part of a family when they are born into it, we are also part of the family in Christ when we are born again. We become part of this miraculous house of God, established in Christ, circa 33 AD.
Throughout His ministry, Jesus prepared His disciples for this idea of family. Collectively, He taught through parables. On a more personal level, He did such things as employ Philip in decision making (John 6:5); gently correct and harness Peter’s boldness; and tenderly, from the cross, entrust His mother to John (John 19:27). Later, He bestowed on Paul unimaginable grace, mercy, wisdom, and strength. In all of this, His followers were not only bonded to Him, but to one another. By the time Jesus ascended, He didn’t leave behind a motley crew of followers, but a family knitted in His legacy—one body, one Spirit in Christ (Ephesians 4:4).
Spiritually speaking, Jesus continues to tend to His family, building us up in this spiritual house of God (2 Peter 2:5). And He is pleased when we, as a family, do the same for one another. He loves it when we are of one accord, like-minded, and rooted in love (Philippians 1:2). He is pleased when we minister collectively and personally. The Spirit of Christ should gently flow through us in how we teach, admonish, encourage, and restore. Mercy and patience should be the prevailing path to peace.
Does that always happen? No. We are imperfect people; we have differences. We mess up. Thankfully, we have the Head of the Church, the Son of the House of God, to go to when we need an extra portion of faith to hold fast and an extra measure of hope to rejoice—always looking forward our final home with Him.
DIG: What is the house of God?
DISCOVER: How do you fit into this house? In other words, what gifts has God given to you and how are you growing in grace so you can serve God?
DISPLAY: With this confidence, ask the Lord to show you how you can best be used in His house.
Lisa Supp lives in Utah and has served within the CCFL Web and Prayer Ministry since 2011. She also volunteers as an editor on the CCFL Prayer Wall and is a writer on the Communications Team. Retired from teaching, Lisa and her husband Ron volunteer at their local Calvary Chapel and share a passion for Scripture, apologetics, and education.