Recently this house came on the market. It is a 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom home located in the San Francisco area only minutes from the coast. This seems like your average house for sale, but it is far more crazy then that. What makes this house different is the fact that the owner will not post any picture or show anyone the inside of the home. Naturally, the home is sold “as is.” Anyone who wants to purchase it will have to buy it without any knowledge of its interior and deal with the unknown horrors it contains within. But this isn’t all, “To sweeten the deal even more, the home appears to be bank-owned and tenant-occupied! Addressing this, the listing adds: ‘The buyer assumes all risks associated with the existing tenancies after close of escrow.’ So to our understanding, this means that once you buy the home of mysterious interiors, you also have the responsibility of kicking out the tenants” (RealEstate.Aol.com).
It doesn’t take a real estate expert to know this house is, what one might call, “a really, really bad deal.” Wouldn’t it be nice if all decisions in life were this clear? Unfortunately, it can be hard to figure out what choices are right in this life. The good news is we have Scripture for this!
When it comes to decision guides, few Scriptures are better than Philippians 4:8, “Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things.”
“Should I worship with this congregation?” We need to see if what they teach is true, honorable, and right. “Should I hang out with this person?” We need to see if he/she is a person of good repute and a person who will promote what is honorable, right, pure, and lovely. “Should I go to this movie?” We need to see if the movie is pure and honorable. Most spiritually important decision in our lives can be answered by this incredible passage.
Ignoring this verse is why we continue to fall victim to our bad spiritual choices. The sooner we learn to use this Scripture as a guide to our decisions, the sooner we will begin making spiritually right choices.
Life is tough, but there is no reason to make it more difficult with poor decisions. Buying a house without looking inside would be one such decision. Living a spiritual life away from things that are “true, honorable, right, pure, lovely, of good repute, and worthy of praise” would be a far worse decision. May the Lord give us the strength, wisdom, and guidance to make the right decisions!