A House Without Walls
Wisdom's Corner
A House Without Walls

Julius Drusus was the son of one of the Caesars during the first century. The house of Julius Drusus was open on many sides to be overlooked by the neighbors. A carpenter offered to remedy this inconvenience, if five talents were given him, and to contrive that no part of it should be exposed to the gaze of others. Whereupon Drusus replied--- "I will give you ten talents, if you will make my house such, that not only my neighbors, but all the citizens may be able to see my manner of living in it." (Short Tales and Anecdotes From Ancient History by William Smith, 1866, p.24)

Julius Drusus was a person who did not care if others were able to see how he acted in his own home. Many people will act one way when in public but will act another way when in private at home. Some people think that they are getting away with things in private. They think that since no one else can see what they are doing that it is a secret.

But God sees everything. "The eyes of the Lord are in every place, beholding the evil and the good." (Proverbs 15:3). The walls of our house do not keep God from seeing what we do in our house. Nothing is secret from God.

We should live our lives as if our house did not have walls. If we lived like that then we would never worry about doing something evil in private. No matter what we are doing God sees us. Our house has no walls in the eyes of God.

God wants you to live right. He does not want you to do evil things. He has given us his Word, the Bible so that we can learn what to do to obey Him. Read your Bible. Obey God. And always remember that your house has no walls in the eyes of God. If any of this is hard to understand, ask an adult to help you.

Mark McWhorter

Copyright 2002

Published by The Old Paths Bible School