Text: Matthew 12:43-50
For help in cultivating good spiritual habits
For those afflicted by mental illness
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You may have heard a saying from earlier generations: empty houses never stay that way. A house that is empty, that has no life and light in it, will eventually attract dust, cobwebs, mice, and insects. If it stands lonely long enough, it will attract occupants happy to take advantage of an available shelter.
The warning Jesus gives about “the empty house” is particularly poignant in our day. We do not take seriously his warning that there are such things as unclean spirits. We think that any spiritual habit, or no habit at all, is as good as any other. We think that the activities of our bodies, while they may “lift our mood” or “improve our outlook” have no bearing on the state of our souls—for we are as indifferent to the idea of souls as we are to the idea of evil spirits or God himself.
But Paul declares that we are temples filled with the Holy Spirit (1 Cor 3:16). For such a guest, we make the house ready, maintain and care for it with the habits we cultivate. Prayer, study of Scripture, deeds of love—all these ensure that our house is full of light and life.
May your day be grace-filled ~ Pr. Dave Brooks