“We must protect this house!”
If you’re a sports fan you likely know that this statement comes from an advertisement for Under Armor brand. This is something that they are using in two different ways to sell their products. The first is to employ the mind about the importance of a home team being better as they play at home, protecting their home turf and earning the victory; an encouragement to not allow someone to come in and defeat you in your own home. The second is that their product offers protection for the athlete who is wearing it.
I think we can take this same mindset into our everyday lives as we live as Christians in this difficult world. Today we face many trials, and I feel that we can adopt a couple different views of this statement into our lives as well.
The first, I feel we can use it to protect the church. The sacred ground of our home churches will soon be under attack, if they aren’t already. The Devil wants to attack where he can to try and destroy us, and he would love to take apart God’s house at the seams. We must be protective of the place where we worship, helping to keep it as the place that people feel they can come and be safe from the attacks of the world.
Second, we must protect our own homes. Scripture speaks to this is the book of Joshua where we see in 24:15 where it states, “But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.” We must protect our children from the harms of the world (Proverbs 22:6). Men, you must be the spiritual leader of your home, and women, continue to lead by example, seeking to be like the woman described in Proverbs 31.
The third way we can look at this statement is that our body is “Home” for the Lord. We must protect this house by striving to take care of our bodies and working to make sure that this “Temple” is pure and glorified before the Lord. We have to keep ourselves strong in the Lord and serve Him.
How do we protect our bodies? Look to scripture:
“Flee from sexual immorality. Every other sin a person commits is outside the body, but the sexually immoral person sins against his own body. Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body.” – 1 Corinthians 6:18-20 (ESV)
“Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of the time, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is. And do not get drunk with wine, for that is debauchery, but be filled with the Spirit, addressing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody to the Lord with your heart, giving thanks always and for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, submitting to one another out of reverence for Christ.” – Ephesians 5:16-20 (ESV)
Allow yourself to be filled with the Spirit of God and allow Him to work in you today. You must protect your house, whether it is the church, your own home, or even your own body God must be seen by others in the way you live and carry yourself.
“We must protect this house!” Is your answer today, “I WILL”?