Remember the Bible Series, #27
“Unless the LORD builds a house, the work of the builders is useless.”
John Howard Payne wrote a poem titled: “Home, Sweet Home”. The first stanza reads: “Mid pleasures and palaces though we may roam...Be it ever so humble, there's no place like home...A charm from the sky seems to hallow us there...Which, seek through the world, is ne'er met with elsewhere...Home, home, sweet, sweet home...There's no place like home, oh, there's no place like home!”.
The Reverend Doctor G. Campbell Morgan, was a British evangelist, preacher and Bible scholar. He was born in Tetbury, England. When Morgan was 10 years old, D.L. Moody went to England and he made an impression on Morgan. At the age of 13 Morgan preached his first sermon.
Henry G. Bosch of Our Daily Bread wrote a story about a “a true incident” of G. Campbell Morgan. The story went like this: Dr. Morgan's father visited Morgan and his wife “shortly after their marriage” to see how “they were faring, and also to inspect their new home”. His father suddenly exclaimed their home was very nice, “but nobody will know walking through here, whether you belong to God or the devil!”. After the father left, they realized his father was correct, and from that day on, Morgan and his wife “made it a point to see that in every room in their home bore some testimony to the fact that they were on the Lord's side.”.
In the Bible, it is recorded that God's community of believers met in homes for Bible study, especially in times of persecution. For example, in the Book of Acts it states: “And every day, in the temple and from house to house, they kept right on teaching and preaching Jesus as the Christ.”. God continued to grow His community as they moved from house to house, breaking bread together, and praising God. Currently many of God's people around the world practice the similar tradition by providing their home to teach and preach the Good News.
Jesus in His ministry stayed in various believers' homes. For example in Mark, the house in Capernaum where Jesus was staying became so filled with “visitors that there wasn't room for one more person, not even outside the door.”.
Jesus also taught in believers homes. In Luke, Jesus and his disciples on their way to Jerusalem entered a village called Bethany. Martha welcomed Him into her home. Martha, Mary, and their brother Lazarus all lived in the same home, and Jesus would often return to stay to become refreshed, and also to teach.
When a person enters your humble “home, sweet, home” does it testify your godly faith in each room like the Morgan's home? Do you welcome God's community of believers in your home for teaching and preaching the Good News like Martha, Mary, and Lazarus?
In the Book of Philemon, Paul wrote a letter to Philemon and stated: “Please keep a guest room ready for me, for I am hoping that God will...let me return to you soon.”. Are you willing to “keep a guest room ready” in your “home, sweet, home” for God's people?
Lord God, thank You for showing us the importance of looking after Your people. Amen.
~ Ann Brock Ludington