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2 Kings 20:15-17 “What did they see in your palace?” Isaiah asked. “They saw everything,” Hezekiah replied. “I showed them everything I own—all my royal treasuries.” Then Isaiah said to Hezekiah, “Listen to this message from the Lord: The time is coming when everything in your palace—all the treasures stored up by your ancestors until now—will be carried off to Babylon. Nothing will be left, says the Lord.

R&B singer Chris Brown’s home was robbed. His Aunt was there and was forced into a closet at gunpoint. The robbers knew where his safe was and knew he was at a party. The police and Chris Brown believed it was an inside job. Chris was advised, by his mother and advisers, to boost security and to stop letting any and everybody in his house!

Your home is your sacred space and everybody can’t be trusted to come in and scope you out. Ask King Hezekiah. He had just recovered from a life threatening illness and some “foreigners” from Babylon heard about it and decided to pay him a visit. When they came he showed them all his treasures. They knew where the safe was.

The Prophet Isaiah asked him what he did and what did he show them. The King proudly said there was nothing he did not show him. The prophet said in essence, “I wish you hadn’t done that because they will be back one day to take away your treasure and castrate your sons. Hezekiah was okay with that just as long as it wasn’t in his lifetime. Really Hezekiah?!

We have to be careful of who we let in and what we show them because it could come back to haunt us.

  1. Be discerning of who you let in. There is a sign over my door that says, “choose this day who you will serve but as for me and my house we will serve the Lord.” People need to know what’s allowed in your house and what is not. If they can’t live by those expectations they should not be allowed in.
  2. Decide how far they go in. You have to set boundaries. Some people are living room guests only. Other people you can allow in your other rooms only when they have been vetted and cleared by the Holy Spirit. Foreigners don’t need to be in your bedroom.
  3. Can you trust them with your treasure? Everyone can’t handle what is valuable to you. Your treasure could be material or it could be your loved ones. For example you may not want your promiscuous single girlfriend around your husband when you are not home.
  4. Do you trust them with your children? Are they good examples for your children or do they have pedophile potential? Are the positive influences? Or could the emotionally castrate your child?
  5. Think about your future generation not just your immediate pleasure. When Hezekiah was told by the prophet that the people he let in his palace would come back years later he was okay with it just as long as he had peace in his lifetime. That’s messed up. That’s like messing up your credit knowing your kids will pay for your debt. Every decision we make should be with the next generation in mind. A righteous man leaves an inheritance for his children’s children.

 

Dear God,

Protect my house from the wrong visitors. Help me be welcoming but discerning. Show me who to let in and how far they should come and what I should reveal to them. Let my home be a sanctuary where your spirit resides because for me and my household we have decided to serve you.

In Jesus Name,

Amen