Who built your house? Do you know? Should you know? Who are you working with to build your eternal home? Are you building with the right One? Have you invited Him in to work beside you? Are you willing to follow His instructions?
There are many builders in this world. Some good, some not so good. If you are going to build a new house, you often seek advice from others who have built a house, asking them who built theirs. You may even look at consumer ratings to see how well each builder is rated on their workmanship, design, and overall customer satisfaction.
Building a house that you intend to live in for several years, perhaps the rest of your life, is an important decision. If you plan to live in that house for 20, 30, or 50 years, you want it to be of good quality. You want to ensure it will last. You probably choose high quality appliances, so you don’t have to worry about replacing them for a long time. Bottom line—you put significant thought into building that new house.
Are we putting as much time and thought into where we will spend eternity? Are we working toward an eternal home that we will love living in forever? Unfortunately, I don’t believe we spend much time doing so. Too often we simply listen to what our parents tell us, our friends tell us, or perhaps what our co-workers tell us. We don’t think through it and plan our way forward.
Oh, we’ve all heard that we need to believe in Jesus. We’ve all heard that we need to commit ourselves to Him. We’ve all heard we need to be baptized. We’ve all heard we need to follow in His footsteps. We’ve all heard we are to read our Bible. We’ve all heard we need to spend time with other Christians. And … we’ve all pushed that advice to the side in some way or another.
One of the truest sayings that I’ve heard, yet is challenging to put into action, is that we all need to come into our own faith. What does this mean? It means we can’t simply follow blindly what our parents have done. They may be very faithful, going to church every time the doors are open. They may be very involved in the church, actively working to guide others and plan events. So, what does it mean to come into your own faith?
Coming into your own faith means that you spend time with God, developing your own understanding of His Word, and what His plan is for you. It means spending some time setting your own goals. Perhaps you start by deciding to read one particular book of the Bible in a month. Later, you decide to read the entire Bible in a year, or 90 days. Perhaps you start reading a devotional every day. Perhaps you start attending a Bible class. You spend the time to think about building your faith and coming to your own understanding of God and allowing Him to guide you.
I pray we all spend time to think about and design our own plan to get to know God better. I pray each of us decide to build our faith intentionally with God. He is waiting and eager to spend the time with you. Be intentional. Spend time with God. Read His Word. Build your own faith. You will build a strong house.
Unless the Lord builds the house,
the builders labor in vain.
Unless the Lord watches over the city,
the guards stand watch in vain.