Sunday, November 16, 2014

Bread For The Journey

My Heart, Christ's Home

This week I've been reviewing an older book entitled, My Heart, Christ's Home, by Robert Munger
It's an illustrated story about Jesus walking individually with us through our home. (heart) He journeys  through each room, of your house giving recommendations as how you could make some subtle changes. When I read the section about the Hall Closet, something grabbed my attention.

This last month I was a guest in a home and I remember how she used to always have her pantry neat and tidy.  I asked if I could have a quick peak....and she opened the doors.  These photos give you an idea of how neat and orderly her pantry is kept.  She then delighted to tell me how she has used her mother's doilies as pantry liners. She prefers to do a quick inventory monthly which helps her avoid stress over messy closets. I'm not so sure that I would be ready to invite my guests to see my closets and pantries.  I know that I like to go through my closets thoroughly about once a year, while taking out the rubbish, washing them down and cleaning them up. 

But in this story Jesus pointed out that he knew there was something rotting in the closet.  It was time that these things had to be cleaned out.  I think I would of been rather embarrassed at this point and yet Jesus kindly helped this person recognize that he would give the strength and support needed to help clean out the putrid smell.  Jesus said, "Please give me the key." Reluctantly, the key was passed to Jesus and He removed the putrefying stuff and threw it away.  Then He cleansed the closet, painted it, fixed it all up in a moment's time.  Immediately a fresh fragrant breeze swept through the entire house. The whole atmosphere changed.  No matter what sin big or small or what pain there might be in our past, Jesus is ready to forgive, to heal and to make whole when we give him the key.

I can often identify with this heart cleansing system.  It feels like you just finished dealing with one issue and then another room is dusty all over again.  So the key is to ask God to manage our house by making God the owner and master of the house while we become the servants.  

I think the reality of this illustration is that we become like a working pantry, always needing to be aware of God clearing our minds of unworthy thoughts, keeping our minds busy with learning worthwhile thoughts.  By coming before God daily, we can be inspired by good and uplifting thoughts.  When we find ourselves with that putrid smell, we know that the act of repentance is just like soap;  it can wash away our sin and sometimes we need the strong detergent of discipline to get the stains out of the 'ground-in dirt'  but they will come out.

I love the words in the Living Bible, "And I pray that Christ will be more and more at home in your hearts, living within you as you trust in him.  May your roots go down deep in the soil of God's marvelous love." Ephesians 3:17

May you be encouraged this week as you clean your closets that you can never be lost to God's love.


  1. I knew something looked old fashioned but I still had to read about how she used her mother
    s doilies as shelf liners. What a great idea. Thanks also for the reminders, lovely post

  2. Thank you, Marg for this challenging and encouraging reminder today.
    Love the metaphorical illustration. Something to take with me as I ask the Lord to search
    my heart and test my thoughts.

  3. Hi Ellen! I love the Living Bible translation of the Ephesians verse, too! That little book (My Heart, Christ's Home) has meant so much to so many people. I've heard it in testimonies over and over again. I think I'll ponder it again and ask the Lord what my holdouts are.

  4. This is a beautiful post and lots of food for thought in that pantry. Thanks...

  5. Marg,
    I have been following your blog for quite some time..several years. I love the recipes but I love even more these stories shared to encourage us in servanthood and being proverbs 31 women. After reading your post I purchased the book spoken of here for my tablets kindle app. I am now sitting in bed for my evening reading time and devotions and guess what I'm reading?.....My Heart, Christ's Home. Thank you for this shared christian lesson.

    1. Sarah' I'm glad that our whole team here at MGCC could encourage you. I not only downloaded this on my kindle app, but I also downloaded the childrens version so I can share this wonderful message with them.

  6. What a wonderful, creative, and affordable way to organize and decorate a pantry designed for practical use. Simple doilies and regular tidying up. A regular 'tidying up " in my life is more needful than all the extras I add to my life to make it more exciting, or pretty -yet without the deep cleaning and prioritizing I get from time spent in His word, with Him, I guess I am just layering cloth and lace over dirt, hiding what needs to be pulled out and discarded. Thank-you for this post.