walk in the word
Ready for the next phase of your home improvement project? In the last edition of “The Weekly Walk,” we talked about the first key in family remodeling: cooperate. Psalm 127:1 says, “Unless the Lord builds the home, they labor in vain who build it.” Simply put, you must cooperate fully with God if you want your family to prosper.
Now here’s the second key to family remodeling: CONCENTRATE. A number of years ago, our church family purchased a large, vacant warehouse to convert into a functional church building. It was amazing to watch the builders constantly consulting the blueprints. It should be no different for us. Almighty God has given us the blueprint—His Word—telling us how to build a family, a home, and a life. We need to concentrate on the blueprint.
That’s the message of Matthew 7:24-27, where Jesus contrasts the wise man who hears and acts on God’s Word (builds on the rock) and the fool who hears but does not act on God’s Word (builds on the sand). Both encounter storms, but only one house remains standing. Can you guess which one? The one that required more effort and more time—the one built on the rock!
Without exception, every family encounters storms. Financial crises, health issues, and the death of a child or loved one are just a few of the storms that families face. I don’t know which heartache is headed for your home, but a storm is certain to come. What kind of outcome awaits your family when those inevitable storms arrive? Is your house built on sand, vulnerable to total collapse? Just imagine the regret and shame, the pain and devastation! But if your house is built on the rock, it will stand firm and endure. What relief, security, joy, and victory!
Don’t miss the important truth that both builders in Matthew 7 heard God’s Word. That ought to dispense with the notion that the people building on the sand are relaxing in bed rather than worshiping God in church on Sunday mornings. Not so! They are hearing God’s truth regularly, but they are doing nothing about it. Does that describe you, loved one? Don’t wait for the storms of life to force you to your knees. Let the Word of God change your course of action right now, and in humility acknowledge that you need to start doing what you’rehearing.
I urge you to make a plan. Call a friend and say, “You know what? I’m convicted about this area of my life, and I need to see it change. I’m asking God and you to help me.” Don’t go to church and let the worship and the Word stir your heart week after week, but then exit no different than you entered! Psalm 95:7-8 says, “Today, if you would hear His voice, do not harden your heart.” And so I challenge you right now: concentrate. Follow God’s blueprint.
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