My family always stayed in hotels when we traveled, and that carried over to me as I’ve taken my various trips around the country and the world. When I worked for a big corporation, I stayed in hotels when they sent me on business trips. But recently, I discovered something that I think is amazing!
AirBnb. Maybe you’ve heard of it. If you haven’t, it’s an online community of people who open their homes or extra rental properties to travelers. You can share a room with another traveler, rent a private area in someone’s home, or stay in an extra apartment or entire property, and it’s not just in the United States. It’s across the world!
Some folks haven’t had a very good experience, I guess, but I’ve loved every place I’ve stayed. I’ve got another stay coming up in February. It’s a charming little cottage in Colorado Springs, and I’m so excited about it. The best part? Staying at AirBnb locations is often much cheaper than staying in regular hotels. Plus, you usually have access to a kitchen, so you can make your own meals and save more money that way.
It makes my little penny-pinching Scottish heart so happy.
While I know that each rental property is rated based on customer experience there, I’m not sure how the rating system for guests works. I’m sure there is one so that property owners can judge whether or not they want some random person staying at their house. But if that person is a new guest, there won’t be any ratings on them. They might let a serial killer into their home and not realize it.
Kind of scary if you think about it, isn’t it? Maybe I’m overreacting, but I imagine that is a real danger if you choose to rent your home or space out to strangers off the road.
Imagine the damage that could do. Even if it’s not a serial killer. What if it’s just a super lazy person or a slob? What if it’s someone who doesn’t care about other peoples’ property? Allowing a stranger into your home could result in massive cleaning bills or damage to irreplaceable items. It could take you ages and ages to clean up the mess. Or, worse, you might never recover.
Yeah, I’m probably exaggerating. But I was sitting in church the other day, and my pastor made a comment about how letting anger into your life is like renting a room to the devil (Ephesians 4:26-27).
Gosh, imagine renting a room to the devil. How terrifying would that be? Although, honestly, you probably wouldn’t realize it was him. He’s a master of disguise (2 Corinthians 11:14), and he wants nothing more than for people to see him as non-threatening. And that’s the worst possible enemy we can have.
But that’s what we do all the time. Every time we let sin into our lives, we’re giving the devil a key to our house. We’re giving him access to areas of our lives that he can influence.
That anger you felt and decided to hold on to? You just gave Satan a key that will allow him back into your life to influence a decision you’ll make in the future. That sense of pride and entitlement you think makes you confident? That’s a house key you’ve handed over to the devil, and he can creep into your life at any moment to lure you into making choices that will hurt people. The lie you won’t own up to? That’s a key to your house that Satan can use to keep you lying.
No matter what sin it is, if you give it space in your life, you’re renting your house to your greatest enemy. And it will take time, effort, and emotional energy to clean up the mess he’ll leave behind.
How do you avoid it? How can you keep yourself from renting space to someone who will destroy your life?
Read the reviews.
Anger. Resentment. Selfishness. Pride. Fear. Bitterness. Gossip. Unforgiveness. Have you read the reviews on those products, guys? The reviews suck. (Galatians 5:19-21) All of those things sap your energy and focus. They keep you from accomplishing awesome things. They prevent you from making a lasting difference in your life and in the lives of others. They stop you from achieving your dreams and your goals. And they put a big fat ugly wall between you and the plans Jesus has for you.
James 4:7-10 says, “So humble yourselves before God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Come close to God, and God will come close to you. Wash your hands, you sinners; purify your hearts, for your loyalty is divided between God and the world. Let there be tears for what you have done. Let there be sorrow and deep grief. Let there be sadness instead of laughter, and gloom instead of joy. Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up in honor.”
Your life doesn’t have to host every negative emotion or sinful attitude you encounter. So the next time Anger asks to rent space in your life, decline it. The next time you want to feel bitter toward someone, don’t.
Humble yourself before God, which means to accept what He says is right and do what He says. Recognize that God’s the one in control. And believe me, Satan won’t stand a chance. Because he’ll remember that it’s not you he’s fighting. And even the devil knows he can’t fight God.