Summary: Our body is a house where the Holy Spirit dwells, it becomes a temple, what condition is your temple in?
The Three Little Pigs
Matthew 7:24-27 Monte T. Brown
Nehemiah led the Jews into Jerusalem to rebuild the city. They where there to rebuild the city of God. In the Kingdom of God, we possess houses. These houses are where our spirit dwells; they become a temple for the Holy Spirit to dwell in.
24 “Therefore whoever hears these sayings of mine, and does them, I will liken him to a wise man who built his house on the rock:
25 “and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it did not fall, for it was founded on the rock.
26 “But everyone who hears these sayings of mine, and does not do them, will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand:
27 “and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it fell. And great was its fall.”
I ask you today what type of dwelling have you?
What type of foundation have you built your house on?
How strong is your house?
What type of house do you live in?
There are basically three types of houses that we have fashioned for our lives. I can think of no better illustration of these three houses, than the nursery rhyme “The Three Little Pigs”.
So today I’d like to tell you the story of “The Three Little Pigs”.
Once upon a time they’re where three little pigs and they decided that each of them would build a house that they could live in.
When we come into this world we begin to build the house our spirit will dwell in.
God does not dictate to us what type of house we shall build. He gives us a blueprint but we have the option to use it or refuse it.
As time passes on and we become adults and begin to finalize the structure of our lives we seek cut-rate blueprints.
1. The first little pig began to finalize his house and he decided to build his house of straw. It was cheaper and easier to build.
Besides he wouldn’t have to devote much time in building his house.
A lot of people have built themselves straw houses with no foundation what so ever. They haven’t devoted much time to it. They figure that they’ll just make it through life on their own merits.
One of these days while they’re secure in the house of straw, along will come the Satan that old wolf and he’ll huff and puff and blow down their house and devour them.
“What shall it profit a man if he shall gain the whole world and lose his own soul?”
2. Now the second little pig decided to build his house of sticks. It cost a little more that the first little pig’s house. It will take a little longer, but what a fine house he thought he would have. Besides he didn’t want to make the same mistake the first little pig made.
His house looks sound, it has a secure looking structure, but it has no foundation.
This reminds me of the person that comes to church. This person may even teach a class, is a deacon, an officer or even a preacher. This person likes to be recognized for their efforts in the church.
Always come to the important business meetings. They only respond to fleshly feelings and never rely on the direction of the Holy Spirit.
Their self-made Christianity has as much of a chance as a mouse in a room full of a 1,000 hungry cats.
One of these days, while they are in their house of sticks, along will come Satan that old wolf and he’ll huff and puff and huff and puff and blow down their house and devour them.
3. Now the third little pig decided that he would build his house out of bricks. He also put a solid foundation down.
His house cost and it took time to build it. His house would have the foundation of salvation and anchored in the Word of God. His house would be a temple, and he would worship the Lord in his house.
It’s sad to say, but we have a lot of the third little pigs around that don’t put much time in assuring that their foundation is anchored.
These shallow foundations produce defeated lives.
However the ones that have a proper foundation are always in church, never complaining about how things are going. Always praising the Lord. They thirst after God’s Word.
You see Jesus when he said a foolish man, that builds his house on sand, is asking for trouble. This is what happens to people, when the fail to use the blueprints that God provides.