Psalm 127:1-3 (NLT)
Unless the LORD builds a house, the work of the builders is wasted. Unless the LORD protects a city, guarding it with sentries will do no good. It is useless for you to work so hard from early morning until late at night, anxiously working for food to eat; for God gives rest to his loved ones.
Who doesn’t want to build a better life for themselves? When comparing our life to those of generations that have come and gone before us, it is human nature to continue those traditions that are embraced and change that which is undesirable. Working hard from dawn until dusk, people attempt to improve their current situation and find success in the world in which we live. It is human nature to build. God created us to be a masterpiece. Jesus Christ came to free us to do everything that God planned for us long ago. (Ephesians 2:10) The Lord has provided everything that we need to build the life that satisfies His Plan but also the desires of our heart including dreams that are yet to be dreamed. (Philippians 4:19) It is already part of the inheritance designated for us by His Riches in Glory accessible through Jesus Christ. God has given us enough time to complete the project, enough talent to accomplish such a task and enough treasure to finish what we start. So the question remains, why are there not more successful Christians in the world today? No, master builders but rather men and women of God barely able to keep a roof over their head, food in their mouth and clothes on their back. Where has this spirit of poverty and lack found its way into the Temple of the Living God?
Matthew 7:24-27 (NLT)
“Anyone who listens to my teaching and follows it is wise, like a person who builds a house on solid rock. Though the rain comes in torrents and the floodwaters rise and the winds beat against that house, it won’t collapse because it is built on bedrock. But anyone who hears my teaching and doesn’t obey it is foolish, like a person who builds a house on sand. When the rains and floods come and the winds beat against that house, it will collapse with a mighty crash.”
Could it be that building the life that God planned for us is as easy as doing what it says and simply doing it His Way? This is called wisdom. The foundation of our life will dictate the soundness of construction. It is the basis on which that life is shaped and molded around that will keep it standing in a storm or the very place that it comes crashing down. What is the foundation of your life today? It is time to examine what we believe in order to decide if we have chosen the proper foundation on which to establish our existence as human beings. You will never listen to God if you do not know Him because He is still just another voice in the crowd. For example, I could be in the same room with someone who is a famous musician and never know that they are there if I am not familiar with their music or genre. Everyone else may stampede them for an autograph though I am completely ignorant of their significance. In high school, our church choir would travel to churches during the summer to perform. Lunch was often served at the local mall as students could stretch their legs and unwind before the next long bus ride. A group of young men thought it would be funny to create a ruckus by rushing the music minister in the crowd asking for his autograph wondering if strangers would do the same. Sure enough, several people came and asked for the man’s autograph although he was not famous at all. Anyone who listens to God’s teaching and does what it says is wise. He will build a house on a firm foundation that is firm and worthy of good building.
Matthew 16:17-19 (NLT)
Then he asked them, “But who do you say I am?” Simon Peter answered, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.” Jesus replied, “You are blessed, Simon son of John, because my Father in heaven has revealed this to you. You did not learn this from any human being. Now I say to you that you are Peter (which means ‘rock’), and upon this rock I will build my church, and all the powers of hell will not conquer it. And I will give you the keys of the Kingdom of Heaven. Whatever you forbid on earth will be forbidden in heaven, and whatever you permit on earth will be permitted in heaven.”
To build a good and satisfying life begins with a personal encounter with the Lord that results in the revelation of who He is! Faith passed down to the next generation is merely tradition until that person meets Jesus Christ face-to-face and decides to accept Him as Lord and Savior. It is totally up to you who or what you build your life upon. This world is dying. It is literally falling apart all around us at the close proximity of Jesus Christ. Read the news. Storms, hurricanes, tsunamis, earthquakes, avalanches and more seem to be more prevalent than ever before. Not to mention the whole wars and rumors of war prophecy, who would question the instability of peace? This world is ruled by darkness and principalities that no longer lurk in the shadows but boldly knock on every heart’s door demanding an audience and forcing their entrance. The Lord asked Peter directly and personally, “Who do YOU say that I am?” He is asking the same question of each one who claims to be called by His Name and profess Him as Lord and Savior. As you respond, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the Living God…” Is it a response of faith or tradition? It is up to you to evaluate your life and to decide.
Isaiah 66:1-2 (NLT)
This is what the LORD says: “Heaven is my throne, and the earth is my footstool. Could you build me a temple as good as that? Could you build me such a resting place? My hands have made both heaven and earth; they and everything in them are mine. I, the LORD, have spoken!
“I will bless those who have humble and contrite hearts, who tremble at my word.”
If you believe that Jesus Christ is Lord and Savior, the Living Breathing Son of the Almighty God then your life will reflect that revelation. The Lord is exalted as we gain knowledge and understanding of how great He is. It should change how we live and love as we honor the one whose footstool is earth. He created the heavens and earth. Everything belongs to him. (Hebrews 3:4) How can we build anything worthy of His Greatness? Solomon had the same revelation even in the midst of the opulence and wealth of a temple constructed of priceless gold, silver and gems. It was still not good enough for his God! (2 Chronicles 2:5-6) It is up to people to prepare a place for the Lord in our life. One that is worthy of His Holy Inhabitation. But if we are not willing to give Him a place even the smallest access point the foundation of our life is worthless and always subject to destruction.
Luke 6:46-49 (NLT)
“So why do you keep calling me ‘Lord, Lord!’ when you don’t do what I say? I will show you what it’s like when someone comes to me, listens to my teaching, and then follows it. It is like a person building a house who digs deep and lays the foundation on solid rock. When the floodwaters rise and break against that house, it stands firm because it is well built. But anyone who hears and doesn’t obey is like a person who builds a house without a foundation. When the floods sweep down against that house, it will collapse into a heap of ruins.”
To be a master building and live the life that the Lord has planned for you requires a heart inspection. God is looking for humble and contrite hearts that take instruction and trust it as the truth. This allows faith to become the foundation of our life as we live what we believe. Too many times we hear the Word of God and choose to do nothing with it choosing earthly construction and manmade structures for our shelter and security. We are not alone. In Nehemiah, the workers were tired and afraid feeling vulnerable in the building process. They were complaining that it was too hard and too much work. But the Word of the Lord came to them to fight for what the Lord had promised would come to pass. They did. They were successful! (Nehemiah 4:10-14) Transformation will shake you to your foundation especially as the Lord takes the old to prepare you for the new thing that He is doing. (Isaiah 6:3-7) His Holiness changes the atmosphere. The Word of God says that there is a time to tear down and a time to build…in that order. (Ecclesiastes 3:3) Stop trying to hold together what God is tearing down in your life. He is taking you to the foundation of your faith to build a sound and sturdy structure that will be rewarded when the Lord returns and inspects your construction. ”I long, yes, I faint with longing to enter the courts of the LORD. With my whole being, body and soul, I will shout joyfully to the living God. Even the sparrow finds a home, and the swallow builds her nest and raises her young at a place near your altar, O LORD of Heaven’s Armies, my King and my God! What joy for those who can live in your house, always singing your praises.” (Psalm 127:1-3)
I Peter 2:4-6 (NLT)
You are coming to Christ, who is the living cornerstone of God’s temple. He was rejected by people, but he was chosen by God for great honor. And you are living stones that God is building into his spiritual temple. What’s more, you are his holy priests. Through the mediation of Jesus Christ, you offer spiritual sacrifices that please God. As the Scriptures say, “I am placing a cornerstone in Jerusalem, chosen for great honor, and anyone who trusts in him will never be disgraced.”
If you will ever find true satisfaction and success, it will be because you have become part of something greater than anything you could create or prepare. Jesus Christ is the cornerstone. We must remain connected by faith and trust to become “living stones” in the Body of Jesus Christ. We must consecrate every sector our life to maintain this structure not forsaking anything as useless. We must prepare a place for the Lord in our natural homes. (2 Kings 4:8-10) God has given us more than enough. Our resources and supplies are sufficient to be successful in such an endeavor. Just consider the Children of Israel who left captivity and wandered with tents filled with treasure. (Exodus 36:5-7) Now look at your home and the contents thereof. It’s not what we have but how we use it that matters. God looks past what we give to the inside of our heart. Are we consecrating our lives and everything in it to becoming a living stone connected to the Cornerstone, Jesus Christ? (I Chronicles 29:16-17)
How much are you willing to pay to sacrifice to the Lord? I am not talking about money but since you thought of it. Do you tithe? Or attend church for business connections or handouts? David paid the price to sacrifice his life to the Lord when Aranauh offered to give it to him, he refuses. Why? You cannot sacrifice what cost you nothing. (I Chronicles 21:22-24) Therefore you most count the cost of sacrifice before you try to make one. To be a true disciple of Jesus Christ will cost you something. It will cost you everything. Consider the price before you decide to buy in to this salvation project. As you work it out, there will be many sacrifices but even more rewards. However, you must understand this is not a quick fix but a lifelong renovation project as He makes all things new. (Luke 14:25-30)
Jesus is the firm foundation. Faith and trust in the Lord is never wasted. Those who choose to live what they believe cannot be shaken. (Isaiah 28:16) The Kingdom of God requires a life that is producing good fruit. It must be a worthy structure that is flourishing. The Lord will make such a place out of your broken, abused and damage life. He will cause you to stand for the Glory of God and by the Power of His Great Name. But if you live a life without a firm foundation of faith you will stumble over the Cornerstone. (Matthew 21:42-44) The Lord wants to fill your life with good things. But you must be a vessel worthy to contain such things. Make room for the Lord in your life today and He will come. Build an addition to contain what the Lord is about to do in your life by faith and trust that is confident hope. (Isaiah 54:2) “The stone that the builders rejected has now become the cornerstone. This is the LORD’s doing,
and it is wonderful to see. This is the day the LORD has made. We will rejoice and be glad in it. Please, LORD, please save us. Please, LORD, please give us success. Bless the one who comes in the name of the LORD. We bless you from the house of the LORD. The LORD is God, shining upon us. Take the sacrifice and bind it with cords on the altar. You are my God, and I will praise you! You are my God, and I will exalt you!” (Psalm 118:22-28)
I Corinthians 3:6-11 (NLT)
I planted the seed in your hearts, and Apollos watered it, but it was God who made it grow. It’s not important who does the planting, or who does the watering. What’s important is that God makes the seed grow. The one who plants and the one who waters work together with the same purpose. And both will be rewarded for their own hard work. For we are both God’s workers. And you are God’s field. You are God’s building. Because of God’s grace to me, I have laid the foundation like an expert builder. Now others are building on it. But whoever is building on this foundation must be very careful. For no one can lay any foundation other than the one we already have—Jesus Christ.
You are either in this world OR not of this world. Those who choose to build their life on the foundation of sin and darkness that is this dying planet will be disappointed. But those who recognize that Jesus Christ is the Cornerstone and that they can do nothing worthwhile outside of faith, hope and love in Jesus Christ will stand firm in testing and be rewarded when He comes. We are God’s Workers. We are God’s Fields. We are God’s Building. It is His Amazing Grace that allows us to be productive residents of the Kingdom of God enjoying all of Its amazing benefits. There is only one firm foundation of faith and He is Jesus Christ. God has a plan that is good for you with a future and hope to live it means going by His Blueprint for your life. His Spirit empowers you to do so with all the time, talent and treasure that He has provided. So why not do something with your life today? Discover satisfaction and success by doing what God says, counting the cost and becoming a “living” stone in the Body of Jesus Christ. You will not fail. You will flourish in the Presence of God as you become a master builder of the masterpiece you are destined to by according to His Word by the Power invested in you by God through Jesus Christ our Lord!
I Corinthians 3:12-14 (NLT)
Anyone who builds on that foundation may use a variety of materials—gold, silver, jewels, wood, hay, or straw. But on the judgment day, fire will reveal what kind of work each builder has done. The fire will show if a person’s work has any value. If the work survives, that builder will receive a reward.