The story at the center of this track has found its way into skits and sketches, longer books - and may even trace it's roots back to a very old work - but the general idea behind it is that our interior lives are like a house - one which we share with Christ once we've invited him into our lives - or into our homes - as Robert Boyd Munger suggests.
This succinct pamphlet - which you're welcome to read here.
It begins with the narrator giving his heart to Christ and invites him in - first they look at the living room, the dining room, the study. Jesus' conversation with the narrator and the questions he asks him - clearly point the narrator towards a closer and more honest relationship with Jesus. Eventually - after some time together in the house has passed - Jesus' questions and gentle pressure leads the narrator to start inventing ways to dodge and duck the implications of the questions. There once lavish study times dwindle. Finally - one day - Jesus points out to the young man that there's a hall closet that He's not yet been allowed to see - and of course - everything that the narrator's been trying to hide from Jesus - "dead and rotting things from his old life." It's immediately clear to Jesus and then to the narrator - that they've arrived at an impasse.
After a period of struggle - the narrator eventually transfers ownership of the whole house to Jesus.
While this is a tiny pamphlet - and the story is presented in a deeply allegorical manner - the struggle depicted - we can all attest - is real - and all too often - daily. It's easy for us, maybe even quite satisfying - for us to invite Christ into our hearts - or as Munger puts it - our homes. The pamphlet started out as a sermon in 1954 while Munger was serving as the minister of First Presbyterian Church in Berkley and was so well received that it began to be passed around by various friends of his in ministry - including his friend Billy Graham. The sermon sprang from Revelation 3:20 "Behold, I stand at the door and knock." Munger was also a professor at Fuller Theological Seminary.
The pamphlet can be read completely in minutes and understood well by a child. I doubt I've written anything of any length that people will still be reading 60 years from now. I'd be willing to bet that people will still be discussing Munger's sermon turned pamphlet - turned skit - turned video 60 years from now.