(I Corinthians 3:9, 16, 17)

“For we are labourers together with God: ye are God's husbandry, ye are God's building. Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you? If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are.”

Saints, you are God’s temple and you are God’s building but in your house there might be a little infestation happening in the hidden contents of your souls. You can’t control the devil and so if you don’t rid yourself totally of his influences, the infestations spread and eventually overtake the house.

My husband and I have many children and our family was blessed with a large house on Myrtle Street in Seattle – large enough to house our many children: eight bedrooms; four bathrooms; three kitchens; large back and front yards; side yard large enough for another house. But it was an old house. A house with an attic and a basement and this attic and this basement had containers in them. Most of the containers held hidden, unknown contents that rodents infested, eating away at the contents of the containers in those hidden corners. I heard my ministering sister talking about the same type of infestation and I thought to myself – Oh, she had a house just like mine. But our attic and our basement soon could not hold the infestation and the rodents began to visit the main portions of the house. So we decided to make a change. There comes a time in our spiritual lives when we have to be either content in our mess and pay the price of that contentment, or we realize that there are hidden containers with hidden messes where the head rodent, the devil, is eating away at the contents. It’s at that time when we realize we must make a change. It’s time for a spiritual new house. It’s time for the spiritual new man.

The “For Rent” sign went up on Myrtle Street. As we rented out the old house we felt good because we had the month-to-month…but we didn’t have to make a real commitment. We could still hold onto the old house for “just in case.” That’s like so many, spiritually. We know we need to make a change - and we do, but without true commitment, holding onto the old carnal stuff, just in case.

Then, as time went on, we didn’t like the hassles that came with rent so the “For Lease” sign went up. It looks and feels like a commitment because we could forget about the responsibilities and others people even thought that the old house wasn’t even ours anymore. But we knew it was. We knew that it yet had our name on it and we could change our minds whenever we wanted to. Spiritually we change our friends, we change our walk, we change our apparel, we change our talk, and we even start carrying around a bible. To everyone else it looks like the old man is gone, but we know, and if we ever want to change our minds again…no real commitment! Faking it real good. Not hot, not cold, but not moving to the next level.

So, when we realized the condition of our old house on Myrtle Street, we decided on a new house in Tukwila, but didn’t have any idea how to go about this change. We went to the blueprints and started with a firm foundation. We had that foundation dug real deep and used good materials to make it a sure foundation. Spiritually, when we begin to really realize the condition of our souls and make that decision of change, we must head for the Word of God. The bible is our life map and it’s the blueprint of this building. The sure foundation is Jesus Christ. We have no worries when the foundation is on nothing less than Jesus and His righteousness. No mix of junk, no air pockets, no hidden places, no hidden agenda…just Jesus.

So after diligently following that blueprint, every single word of that blueprint, then the new house was built. People from all over admired it and were always asking about the builder, about the paint color, about the designer. We’d smile and point them in the right direction, happy that we’d made that decision of change. Spiritually, after the Lord saves us and we continue to follow every word of God, we will be built up in Him - but now comes the ministry work. All of the friends we had, acquaintances we came in contact with, co-workers, people at the bus stop, will admire and notice the change and we will be able to point them to the source - The Master Builder.

But we yet owned that old house on Myrtle Street! Finally we tired of having one foot on the old house and one foot on the new house. It was hard to live in the new house without really furnishing it, and truly completing it, and then also keeping the old house up - fixing it up after hours. So we decided that the “For Sale” sign had to go up. Now, this is actually the hardest point because our house was now open to anyone – looky-lues, agents, prospective new owners, people tracking in mud and dirt. And even though we knew the negative parts of the house, we still covered them up with paint, plants, carpets, throw rugs, pictures…ready to sell but embarrassed about this old house. Like some in that difficult stage of our spiritual walk with the Lord, you are at that place where you really are ready to move onto completion, but yet have stuff from the old house to rid yourself from.

Then the day came. The “Sold” sign went up on Myrtle Street. Minds made up, final determination, no turning back! All the old stuff gone and we wiped our hands of anything and everything that had to do with the old house. This is where God desires each and every one of us to be in Him. We’re bought with a price which He paid and He desires us to have the experience of full deliverance, of total commitment to Him and to the benefits of being an heir of God and joint heir with Christ. He wants us to desire nothing of the old man and to be settled in the new man.

We began to really fix up our new house in Tukwila. Now we began to get new furniture, new appliances, new pots and pans and dishes and silverware. And to safeguard the premises we contacted Terminix for pest control and ADT for an alarm system. To maintain your new man you put on the whole armor of God and the spirit of God including the baptism of the Holy Ghost. It is time right now to turn our backs on that old house and be sold out to the new house.

Look at this popular writing by an unknown author, and find yourself in one of these vessels –

The master was searching for a vessel to use; before him were many, which one would he choose?

“Take me” cried the gold one. ”I’m shiny and bright. My beauty and luster will outshine the rest, and for someone like you, master, gold would be best.”

The master passed on with no word at all, and looked at a silver urn narrow and tall.

“I’ll serve you, dear master, I’ll pour out your wine, I’ll be on your table whenever you dine. My lines are so graceful, my carving so true, and silver will always complement you.”

Unheeding, the master passed on to the brass, wide mouthed and shallow and polished like glass. “Here, here!” cried the vessel, “I know I will do, place me on your table for all men to view.”

“Look at me” called the goblet of crystal so clear, “My transparency shows my contents so dear. Though fragile, am I, I will serve you with pride. And I’m sure I’ll be happy in your house to abide.”

The master came next to a vessel of wood, polished and carved, it solidly stood. “You may use me, dear master, the wooden bowl said, “But I’d rather you used me for fruit, not for bread.”

Then the master looked down and saw a vessel of clay, empty and broken it helplessly laid. No hope had the vessel that the Master might choose to cleanse, and make whole, to fill and to use.

“Ah! This is the vessel I’ve been hoping to find, I’ll mend it and use it and make it mine.

I need not the vessel with pride of itself.

Nor one that is narrow to sit on the shelf.

Nor one that is big-mouthed and shallow and loud.

Nor one that displays his content so proud.

Nor one that thinks he can do all things just right.

But this plain, earthly vessel filled with power and might.”

Then gently he lifted the vessel of clay, mended and cleansed it and filled it that day.

Spoke to it kindly, “There’s work you must do – just pour out to others, as I pour into you.”

We are God’s vessels. We are God’s building. Allow the Spirit of God to furnish this temple. Allow the spirit of God to safe guard this temple. I even heard that we should allow God to totally connect the alarm system of this temple to the source. “Hath not the potter power over the clay, of the same lump to make one vessel unto honor, and another unto dishonor?”

God is directing each and every one of His saints –

“To Arise and go down to the potter’s house, and there I will cause thee to hear your words. Then I went down to the potters house, and behold, he wrought a work on the wheels. And the vessel that he made of clay was marred in the hand of the potter: so he made it again another vessel, as seemed good to the potter to make it. Then the word of the Lord came to you, saying Cannot I do with you as this potter? Saith the Lord. Behold, as the clay is in the potter’s hand, so are ye in mine hand.”

You ARE God’s building – what are you waiting for? It’s time now for our every being to say “yes” – have YOUR perfect way. It’s time now to make a building change to HOLINESS.

See you next Sunday morning, if the Lord says the same and delays His coming.

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