HOUSE OF CARDS

A house of cards is truly a tough challenge to keep from falling. To make all of the cards stand on end and support the weight of others without changing the slightest angle of a card to cause the whole house to come crashing down. It makes me wonder how many of us are like a house of cards? We are all a deck of cards and we only show people what we want them to see. We hide our deepest, darkest secrets close to our center so that no one will see them but if someone pushes on just the right card we will crumble and we will fall. It makes me wonder how many of us have a secret in our heart or an idol that keeps us from truly experiencing God. For this conversation lets call this item or thing the Queen of Hearts.

WHO OR WHAT IS THE QUEEN OF YOUR HEART?

I believe that we allow junk to build up and take root in our lives. Sometimes things start out as just dabbling around in things we know we shouldn’t and other times we put ourselves in situations that can lead us down wrong paths that cause us to take our eyes off of Jesus. It’s at this point we allow something to become the Queen of our Hearts.

In Matthew 21 we see the story of where Jesus cleanses the temple.

Jesus entered the Temple and began to drive out all the people buying and selling animals for sacrifice. He knocked over the tables of the money changers and the chairs of those selling doves. He said to them, “The Scriptures declare, ‘My Temple will be called a house of prayer,’ but you have turned it into a den of thieves!”  - Matthew 21:12-13

Many of us have heard this story and we have been told that Jesus had a righteous anger, but did you know that Jesus was upset because instead of His Father’s House being a House of Prayer, they had made the temple into a commercial venture when the focal point of the temple was to worship of God.

A HOLY TEMPLE

So here we stand many centuries after when Jesus cleansed the temple and we ask how does this apply to us? 1st Corinthians 3:16-17 it says, “Don’t you realize that all of you together are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God lives in you? God will destroy anyone who destroys this temple. For God’s temple is holy, and you are that temple.” If we have received God’s free gift of salvation then the Holy Spirit dwells within us and we are His Temple. Yet, I wonder if we really understand the implications of that? We are a Holy Temple of the Lord. WOW!

It saddens me to wonder if we sometimes fill our lives -His temple - with things of this world instead of keeping our eyes on Him? I wonder if we have allowed things like the Queen of Hearts to setup shop in His temple? What do you think it would look like if Jesus showed up today and looked at the inside of our hearts, what tables would He be flipping? What would he need to prune within us to get the Queen of your Heart out of His Temple? See, Jesus doesn’t want to play second string or just be an Ace up your sleeve. No, He wants to be the King of Your Heart, and He wants our hearts to be a house of worship for everyone to see. Not just a house of cards.