Building a strong house is a slow, methodical process
Building a house begins with plans and blueprints.
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”
Then you need a foundation.
“…built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus himself being the cornerstone, in whom the whole structure, being joined together, grows into a holy temple in the Lord. In him you also are being built together into a dwelling place for God by[a]the Spirit.”
It takes a variety of people to work on building and finishing your house.
“For we are co-workers in God’s service; you are God’s field, God’s building. By the grace God has given me, I laid a foundation as a wise builder, and someone else is building on it. But each one should build with care. For no one can lay any foundation other than the one already laid, which is Jesus Christ. If anyone builds on this foundation using gold, silver, costly stones, wood, hay or straw, their work will be shown for what it is, because the Day will bring it to light. It will be revealed with fire, and the fire will test the quality of each person’s work. If what has been built survives, the builder will receive a reward. If it is burned up, the builder will suffer loss but yet will be saved—even though only as one escaping through the flames.”
1 Corinthians 3:9-17
The process can get messy.
“Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name, you are mine. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you; when you walk through fire you shall not be burned, and the flame shall not consume you. For I am the Lord you God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior.”
We have the ultimate contractor/designer/builder working on our house.
“Jesus has been found worthy of greater honor than Moses, just as the builder of a house has greater honor than the house itself. 4For every house is built by someone, but God is the builder of everything.”
We, as His house, are continually being built in stages, improved on and refined for a purpose:
“As you come to him, a living stone rejected by men but in the sight of God chosen and precious, 5you yourselves like living stones are being built up as a spiritual house, to be a holy priesthood, to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.”
1 Peter 2:4-5
Who is my house really for?
“Don’t you know that you yourselves are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in your midst?”
1 Corinthians 3:16
What is my role in this building process?
“Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing.”
1 Thessalonians 5:11
When being built, it helps to join in with others experiencing all stages of the building process.
“What then, brothers? When you come together, each one has a hymn, a lesson, a revelation, a tongue, or an interpretation. Let all things be done for building up.”
1 Corinthian 14:26
Home Owner’s insurance is not necessary.
If anyone destroys God’s temple, God will destroy that person; for God’s temple is sacred, and you together are that temple.”
1 Corinthians 3:16-17
We have life assurance if we accept Jesus as Lord of our house!
“These things I have written to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, so that you may know that you have eternal life. And the testimony is this, that God has given us eternal life, and this life is in His Son. He who has the Son has the life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have the life.”
1 John 5:11-13
We are all living houses, God’s temple that comprise the greatest kingdom, with Jesus Christ as our King.
“But Christ is faithful as the Son over God’s house. And we are his house, if indeed we hold firmly to our confidence and the hope in which we glory.”
Food for thought: Taking care of our temple, our house, is very important. Health: internal, external/physical, mental, emotional, social, intellectual, spiritual. Do not neglect any of these!
Fun facts: In a metropolitan area, it takes an average of 7 months to build a house, and in rural areas, an average of 9 months.
The addition to our previous home in Nashville took about 2 months.
Photo by: Kari Wiseman – Adding a master suite