This is the house that Jack built.

This is the malt
That lay in the house that Jack built.

This is the rat,
That ate the malt
That lay in the house that Jack built.

This is the cat,
That killed the rat,
That ate the malt
That lay in the house that Jack built.

Have you ever heard this nursery rhyme by Mother Goose? I loved this one when I was a little girl. I would read it over and over again at night because I thought this poem was so clever. As a child, the repitition kept me reading more. I liked how when the poem grew linger, I could recite the lines as my mother neared the end of the stanza.

I'm older now and when I read scriptures like Hebrews where it tells us we are the house that Christ built... I immediately look for a deeper meaning in childhood poetry. The poem in its summary is telling us all of the things that go on in the house that Jack built. As the poem gets longer, your perception of Jack's house changes with each new character being introduced. Like jack, Christ built a house that started out really simple but grew more complicated the more people came to dwell in His house. Like Jack, no matter how much stuff went on, it was still Jacks's house. It was still the thing his hands got intimate and personal with until it was finished.

Unlike jack, the house that Christ built is still being built. The many rooms that were built were for the children God planned to have intimate and honorable relationships with. Unlike Jack, you are part of that house and Christ is finishing His work in you.

Be mindful that you don't mistake yourself for Jack. Christ is the one doing the building, He is ordering your steps. Your life is not your own and neither is your fellow brother or sister in The Lord. Whether you see craziness or down right ignorance, remember that they are still God's house and He builds as He chooses. Your only job is to remain confident and full of rejoicing because you know the day will come when all the God said will be. Until then, don't get sidetracked by the continuous discouraging patterns you see... Wait for your lines... They all end the same....that lay in the house that Christ built. God bless you!!

4 For every house is built by someone, but He who built all things is God. 5 And Moses indeed was faithful in all His house as a servant, for a testimony of those things which would be spoken afterward, 6 but Christ as a Son over His own house, whose house we are if we hold fast the confidence and the rejoicing of the hope firm to the end. Hebrews 3:4-6

AuthorKeymasha Knight