Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Built to last

As for everyone who comes to me and hears my words and puts them into practice, I will show you what they are like. They are like a man building a house, who dug down deep and laid the foundation on rock. When a flood came, the torrent struck that house but could not shake it, because it was well built. Luke 6:47-48

The foundation of a well built life is the Lord. All other starting points are only shifting sands of security, but Jesus is a secure rock of salvation. Wise life builders begin with faith in Jesus. Once this foundation of faith is laid, then the structure of wisdom, integrity, honor, humility, and obedience can be erected. Yes, God is the architect of a life submitted to Him. His design is elegant and eternal. What the Lord builds no one or nothing can shake.

Furthermore, it is necessary to make sure your beliefs are genuinely built on a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. Yes, the subtle chaff of false faith infiltrates some who are religious instead of relational with the Savior, even those who are consistent church attenders can lack a proper foundation, as church attendance doesn't equate to experiencing the fullness of God, when the heart of the attendee isn't coming to see and seek God. Your name may be on a church membership directory, but is it engraved in the Lamb’s Book of Life? Examine your life to see if your faith is real or if it is a weak substitute. Obedience follows faith.

What good is it, my brothers and sisters, if someone claims to have faith but has no deeds? Can such faith save them? James 2:14

Indeed, when we put into practice Christ’s commands and integrate Biblical principles into our behavior, we could be convicted in a court of law for being a Christian. Obedience to God is a lifetime process of growing in grace, humility and love. Tests of faith will come and go, but the loving care of Jesus stands with us in our suffering. He is dependable in keeping us from becoming desperate in economic downturns. In success our Spirit filled life gives Him the glory.

Question, is your life being built with the wise construction materials provided by your Master Builder, Jesus? Keep Christ as your Building Contractor so you will not be displeased with His design. Talk over with Him in prayer the very real punch list of your concerns. He will clarify His purposes that are all good. Your life is beautiful with its floors of forgiveness, walls of gratitude, windows of love and roof of grace. Your well built life will withstand shaky circumstances cause your have built your house on the solid rock of Jesus Christ.

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