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04/29/2009

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Taking Heed How You Build


"By the grace God has given me, I laid a foundation as an expert builder, and someone else is building on it. But each one should be careful in how he builds" (1 Cor. 3:10).

When I was about high school age I remember this unusual looking building going up not too far from where I lived. It had an "A frame" shape and looked like it would be some sort of eating place. For some reason however, it was never completed. It stood there for many years as brush and then trees grew around it and it gradually disappeared into the backround. I still pass that spot and always wonder what happened. Were there zoning ordinances or did the builder just run out of money?

Jesus' talked a lot about "building." In Luke 24 He says that before one builds that he should "first sit down and count the cost." This is such wonderful advice for so many aspects of our lives. For our Christian lives it is quintessential. When we take Jesus into our lives we make some serious commitments that we must live up to. We need to seek Him first. Doing that requires sacrifice. We must be willing to; bear the cross(Matt 16:24), present our bodies as living sacrifices (Rom. 12:1), work (Phil. 2:12), teach (Matt. 28:19 & 20), stimulate one another (Heb. 10:24).

We need to be wise builders as today's verse tells us. Jesus, in Matt.7 tells of the wise and foolish builders. It is so important that we have made a wonderful children's song from it. We must build according to a wise "blueprint," that being God's Word, and know that there will be repercussions if we deviate. We need to build on a good foundation. The verse following today's says, "For no one can lay any foundation other than the one already laid, which is Christ Jesus." Jesus is the only foundation for spiritual building and to build on it requires obedience to Him.

Finally, if one is going to build, they must use the good stuff....There are shortcuts in building that may make a structure cheaper to build, but will it withstand the tests? We cannot put fleshly stuff into a spiritual building. They are simply not compatible! A spiritual building must contain things of the spirit. People will look at us just as I still look at that overgrown spot where a building was supposed to be. We must reflect our calling in the way we live our lives. This will show that we knew the price and were willing to pay it..."The Lord is in His holy temple" (Hab. 2:20).

Have a wonderful day....Go about doing good....Love mark Phil. 4:11

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