Sunday, October 16, 2016

Building Your House

October 16 (Psalm 127:1)

Unless the Lord builds the house, those who build it labor in vain. Unless the Lord watches over the city, the watchman stays awake in vain.  (ESV)

We have been in the midst of home renovation for quite some time, and this verse recently came to mind.  New flooring, new paint, new this, new that…none of it matters if Jesus Christ is not the foundation, the center, and the goal of it all.

How often do we attempt renovations that are based purely on cosmetic changes?  We buy something new, we paint something a different color, we change our hairstyle, we wear new clothes.  None of these things is bad in and of itself, but if that is what we think will make us happy, we are mistaken.  Like a sugar rush, we can get a quick high from these things, but it will vanish just as quickly.  Look at the things in your closets, think about their role in your life long after they were purchased, and tell me I’m wrong.

Do you move in Jesus?  Do you breathe in Him, walk in Him, see in Him, feel in Him, think in Him, speak in Him, act in Him?  If so, you have built your life well, and it will stand.

Lord, it is a familiar prayer, but I need to pray it again.  Help me not to chase after foolish things but to build my life on You.  I want my life to be solid and firm, and that can only happen when You are my everything.  Amen.

Copyright © 2016 by Steven R. Perkins