"[The devil] is waging war when he encourages us to spend our energies not pursuing the kingdom, but pursuing personal peace and affluence."
RC Sproul, Jr. in Tabletalk, July 2007, pg 59.
This one hit me pretty hard, as we are in the thick of a bunch of little decisions regarding personal peace and convenience in our new home. Is the devil winning, automatically, whenever someone buys, builds, or remodels their home?
I don't think so.
It is easy to end up there, where your only thought is your convenience. How do you keep furnishing a home from becoming an ungodly pursuit of personal peace and affluence? Two principles:
1. Raising children in a godly environment. Are they pointed to the one who is preparing rooms for us, even now (John 14:1)? Do they experience a family of joy and beauty, which is expressed in the physical home environment?
2. Hospitality. Are others who are brought in witnessing a well-thought-out environment with them in mind? Are they exposed to other-centered-ness, or self-centered-ness?
How will others be affected by the physical environment? Will it draw them to the God who dwells in the beauty of holiness (Psalm 96:9), or draw them into their sinful selves? Will it advance God's kingdom, or just our own fiefdoms?
Specific application here takes a great deal of wisdom...