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What Kind of Home Are We Building in 2020?

by Pastor Tim

I have never worked as a homebuilder but you don’t have to be a builder to know the value in a home that is well constructed. Equally important to the construction is the foundation of the home under construction. I recall back some 10-15 years ago Janice and I went to South Texas to visit my parents who spent their winters there. When my Dad and I went to the beach to do some surf fishing I noticed in the distance a large building under construction. It looked like a future condominium many stories tall but only in its beginning cement form as no finish work was being done. I asked my Dad what this large building was going to be and he laughed and said probably nothing more than a pile of rubble. Now he had my attention – what do you mean rubble? And that’s when he told me the rest of the story, as Paul Harvey would say. 

The building was going up fine and the progress was moving right along until someone noticed that a portion of the building’s foundation was shifting. It wasn’t noticeable to the eye but leveling instrumentation told the story. It seems a section of the building was sinking ever so slightly. Measured only in inches, a sections of the building was ever so slightly sinking – calling into question its long-term usefulness.

I can’t tell you the whys or who was at fault but months later I saw news accounts of how the building was imploded with explosives turning it into rubble that was hauled away. The foundation failed to pass the test. 

There is a lesson we can take away from this unfortunate situation. If we build our own personal lives on the solid foundation of God’s word and Jesus Christ we too will be like the good builder who builds his home on a solid foundation. Jesus tells us this in Matthew 7:24-26 (NIRV) “So then, everyone who hears my words and puts them into practice is like a wise man. He builds his house on the rock. 25 The rain comes down. The water rises. The winds blow and beat against that house. But it does not fall. It is built on the rock. But everyone who hears my words and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man. He builds his house on sand. 27 The rain comes down. The water rises. The winds blow and beat against that house. And it falls with a loud crash.”

After reading these words by Jesus we need ask the question. Am I building in my life a solid foundation that will hold up during the trials and hardships of life? We shouldn’t question if we will ever face hardships but when. Perhaps we know already that we tend to fall apart in times of difficulties. This may very well indicate that we need to re-enforce our understanding of what God’s word says about my relationship with Him. He gave us His word filled with encouragement and promises so that it would help us in times of need. But if we have ignored the reading of the Bible (God’s word to us) we become like the home built on sand, prone to be swept away during the storms of life.

I hope you will join us at the Able Church to hear the rest of the story of how Jesus and His word has given us everything we need to stand under the hardships of life with a confidence and even joy of knowing that nothing can defeat us as God’s child. Do you want to build a better foundation for your life? Join us as meet every Friday at 6:30 located at 1840 W. Mason Street Green Bay.

Pastor Tim.

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