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  • Writer's picturePastor McCarty

What are you building for?

My daughter and son-in-law are in the process of building a new house right now. It has been quite an ongoing project that has created a number of painstaking moments. There is so many things to think about as one considers taking on this type of a monumental activity. First thing, you have to determine is your financial feasibility in being able to construct a new property. Then you need to select the location of where you would like to reside. Next, there is the task of choosing a lot or area of land you want to build your house on. After that you have to find a general contractor who will commit to overseeing the building of your new home. You also have the challenge of choosing the style of structure you would like to have built for you. And it is also very necessary for the eventual owner to work through the step-by-step operation of picking siding, paints, floorings, cabinets, etc. Finally, it is essential for homebuilder/homeowner to be on constant vigil as the building process is in motion. All in all, this venture is not something to be undertaken by the faint of heart. But ultimately, in the end this task, when fully completed, can be a real blessing and a very rewarding experience for those who master the challenge.

Building something as special as a home is quite a feat to commit to. Yet, there is another building process which is extremely more important and is one which will provide eternal value lasting well beyond this life. Exactly, what is it I am alluding to here? The building of your faith and your relationship with Jesus Christ. Nothing in this life should ever take precedence over this building project. And such an undertaking is to be considered a lifelong process for sure.

The foundation of this building operation begins at Baptism and is to blossom and grow from then on. This faith given to us in our baptism is built on Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God. Hebrews 12:2 Concerning this understanding we also hear these profound words of wisdom from King David in Psalm 127, “Unless the Lord builds the house, those who build labor in vain.”

So many people in our world today worry a great deal about building up their wealth, reputation, resume, possessions, and/or relationships with other people, yet think not about the only true thing they really need to be building up, a saving relationship with their Lord and Savior Jesus. Is it O.K. for us to be involved in building/constructing worldly things in this life? Of course, it is. But let us make sure whatever we build, it is built on a solid foundation centered in Jesus Christ, for to build on anything else will lead to a dissatisfying and empty ending. Pastor McCarty


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