But Christ as a Son over His Own house, Whose house we are if we hold fast the confidence and the rejoicing of the hope firm to the end.
To me, one of the biggest distinctions of our faith (or its lack) is where we live.
1) We realize we live in a body,
2) And most human bodies live in houses.
3) Our houses are on planet earth: the world.
Upon these three facts, all people agree.
Visibly, the world is full of hatred, injustice, confusion, lies, crime and pain. Everywhere. On the streets, in the courthouse, at our jobs. Even schools and churches. No place is safe.
Upon these facts, people also agree.
But the houses in which true Christians live are different from houses of the world. For 'old me' and others who don't know God...
To escape the rage, pain, and emptiness that permeate our homes, we seek relief.
Temporary fixes can come from friends, meals, hobbies, shopping or entertainment- any type of seemingly innocent activity that occupies our minds for a short time. Many look to money and position for what might be a more permanent fix.
Others, not so clever or determined, seek relief from openly poor choices: overeating, alcohol, smoking, drugs, reckless friendships or promiscuity. Even Christians can visit these districts.
Sadly some surrender to the darkness. They settle as victims or predators.
As for me and my B.C. residence, I lived in a place called Worldly Success
: cool jobs, money and well-dressed families. Perhaps we seemed solid and attractive. Turns out, we were only a nice facade.
Because what the world advertises as 'THE GOOD LIFE' isn't really good at all. Looking back, it's just a skinny minute with a crazy-exorbitant price tag.
Why? Work was overwhelming. Stuff got old. People weren't nice. We weren't too nice either.
Our old address? Argument Avenue. Accumulation Ally. Rumble Road. Dissatisfaction Drive. Proud Place. Sad Street. That's where we lived. Though we tried to escape, we just didn't know where or how to go.
## Our Homes: This Old House (Part 1)
NOTE: This is a 2021 update of a 2011 Carey Lewis Devotion. You may see notes to 'Actors, Models & Talent for Christ.' If you think you're not in show business, think again. Shakespeare said, 'All the world's a stage and all its men and women merely players. Mostly true. But you're not merely players. You are messengers and ambassadors for the King of kings.
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Our Homes series.