walk in the word
Have you ever done some remodeling around your house? Do you enjoy fixing up your place? Home improvements are fine, but do they really deserve such a high priority in our lives? Many people pour much time, energy, and money into remodeling their homes, but few expend any significant effort on remodeling their families.
God wants us to have maturing, loving, Christ-honoring families, and His Word gives us all that we need to make this a reality. In the coming weeks, I will share five biblical keys to start you in the most important renovation project that you will ever undertake: family remodeling.
Here’s the first key: COOPERATE. In Psalm 127:1, Solomon writes, “Unless the Lord builds the house, they labor in vain who build it.” Wow! Only God can build a home—that’s a pretty strong statement! Maybe you’re thinking, “Hey, I know some things about building a family, too. Sure, I might not be able to build a family as well as God can, but only He can build a house?” Yes, only God can build a house!
We live in an age of endless options, but the God of the Bible isn’t into multiple approaches. For example, Deuteronomy 4:39 says, “Know therefore today, and take it to your heart, that the Lord, He is God in heaven above and on the earth below; there is no other.” There’s onlyone God. In addition to that, there’s only one way. Jesus says in John 14:6, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me.” Plus, there’s only one name. Acts 4:12 says of Christ that “there is salvation in no one else; for there is no other name under heaven that has been given among men by which we must be saved.” One God. One way. One name.
God has a big heart of love for anyone who wants to get on His program, but He has a big hand of judgment for anyone who pursues an alternate plan. Remember, “Unless the Lord builds the house, they labor in vain who build it.” And 2 Chronicles 13:12 says, “Do not fight against the Lord God of your fathers, for you will not succeed.” All in favor, then, of cooperating with Him in this family remodeling project?
Let me give you two practical steps. First, make sure that you have the right foundation. First Corinthians 3:11 says, “For no man can lay a foundation other than the one which is laid, which is Jesus Christ.” If you’re trying to build your home on anything other than Jesus, tear it down to the ground and rebuild it on the basis of a personal relationship with Him.
Once this has been settled, make sure that God has your full cooperation. Here are a few questions that should demonstrate where you stand. Does God see in you a cooperative spirit? As He tries to build your home on the foundation of Christ, are you for Him or against Him? Is iteasier for God to do what He wants to do in your family because you’re there, or is it harder? Are you helping Him or hindering Him?
Think of it this way: let God be the General Contractor on the remodeling job, and you become the best common worker you can possibly be.
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