Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Furnishings

Think of a person who is building a mansion for a king.  It is a beautiful building which the builder spared no expense.  The best materials were used in the construction of the mansion and the best construction workers were found to build it.  Once the mansion is finished, the interior decorator comes in to fill the home with furnishings.  But the interior decorator decides that it just isn't worth the effort to seek out the best furnishings for the new home and puts in old, used furniture.  This furniture isn't just old and used, it is stained and ragged and doesn't fit the surrounding of this beautiful mansion.  Do you think the king will be pleased when he sees his new home?  We are told in the Bible that we are to be adding certain qualities to our hearts, which is similar to furnishing our hearts.  For the last few days, I've been looking at 2 Peter at the qualities we are to be supplementing our faith.  Please use the link and read 2 Peter 1:3-11.

The word supplement from the NLT is really sticking in my mind this morning and I want to look briefly at the original Greek word.  According to BlueLetterBible.com, the Greek word is, epichorēgeō and it means, "to supply, furnish, present." (see footnote 1).  I like the word furnish.  It makes me think of an empty house that needs to be filled with furniture.  Think of our faith in Christ as that house, which is good and important.  We all need to have the shelter of a building; however, it would also be good to have furniture to sit or sleep on and a place to sit when eating meals.  So, while our faith is absolutely important and necessary, think of it as an opportunity where God cleans house in our hearts and now it needs to be furnished with good things.  If we do not furnish our faith with the qualities mentioned in these verses, it is like building a new home and inviting a king to live there and filling it with old, ragged furniture.  We don't need to let our old human nature to stay as furnishings in our hearts, we need to fill it with good, high quality furnishings.  After all, we are told that the Holy Spirit is taking residence in us and He deserves the best!

I spent a little time in yesterday's post looking at what each of these qualities mean.  It is worth finding out the original Greek definition because our English version just doesn't quite give the entire picture of what God is telling us how to furnish our hearts.  Once again, we are given everything we need in order to do this!  The Holy Spirit empowers us to be able to choose the best items to furnish His residence.  So, we are not doing this alone; we have the best help!  We just need to make the effort to work with Him to add quality furnishings.

How are you furnishing your heart?

1. Greek Lexicon :: G2023 (NIV). Retrieved from
http://www.blueletterbible.org/lang/lexicon/lexicon.cfm?Strongs=G2023&t=NIV

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