By Hadyn Sennitt
Owning one's own house is something that Americans have long aimed for, and even expected.
It is, for want of a better phrase, the Great American Dream. Having your own house gives a sense of security and a sense of community.
This longstanding assumption, however, poses the question of where we should place our hope and security. Is it in bricks and mortar? Is it in a career, or family, or more, or all of the above?
The problem with having security in a house is that the one owning, or trying to own it, is victim to other people's behavior. Prices rise and fall according to supply and demand; interest rate repayments depend on the mood of the Federal Reserve and 'market forces.'
Even when you buy and pay the house off, it can be burned down, broken into, and it falls apart. Upkeep and renovation are costly, laborious, and time-consuming. Worse, some families invest more in the condition of their homes than they do in one another. Instead of having community, they get absorbed in the house.
When Jesus walked this earth, He offered a stunning alternative. Profoundly and simply he said, "Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal; but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal" (Matthew 6:19-21).
More to the point, He said, "One's life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions" (in Luke 12:15).
Nothing in or on this earth will last because it is all made of matter! But what will last? Eternity with Jesus Christ, and all who put their trust in Him. The well-known John 3, verse 16 tells us, "For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life".
To have this security we need to seek forgiveness from God for rejecting Him and accepting Jesus Christ as Master and Savior. He wants to give us abundant everlasting life in Himself, but that can only happen when we let go of our stuff and allow Jesus Christ to control our life. •