walk in the word
For the past month, we have focused our attention on the most important renovation project that any of us will ever undertake: family remodeling. We’ve examined four biblical keys along the way: cooperation with God, concentration on His blueprint, fumigation of our homes, and mediation with one another.
To these let me add a fifth and final key: EVALUATE. Notice what Paul writes in Galatians 6:3-4: “For if anyone thinks he is something when he is nothing, he deceives himself. But each one must examine his own work, and then he will have reason for boasting in regard to himself alone, and not in regard to another.” Only when we recognize that we are nothing do we begin to see that God is everything. And with that as our framework, we can start to properly evaluate our work.
Someone has well said that the unexamined life is not worth living, so we’re going to take a quiz right now. I have ten questions, and I want you to honestly evaluate yourself. Your options are just “yes” or “no.” Here we go:
If your heart has been convicted or challenged by these five keys to family remodeling, then why don’t you take a moment right now to prayerfully commit yourself and your family to the Lord. Ask for His strength to do the necessary renovations in the days and weeks ahead. Talk to Him right now.
Thank You for all that You’ve been teaching me. I know that my family needs some remodeling work, and I can’t do it on my own. So I’m asking for You to demonstrate Your power in my time of need. Help me to cooperate more fully with You. I submit my family to Your purposes—do what You want to do.
Lord, enable me to build more faithfully on the rock of the Word. I don’t want to just hear Your truth; I want to do it. I ask Your forgiveness because I have allowed things into my home that are not pleasing to You. Make me diligent in ridding my home of these things and filling it instead with things that honor.
Lord, I sense the need for mediation in my home. Help me to be an instrument of Your peace in the midst of conflict. And finally, I know that I need to carefully and honestly evaluate my own life. Show me the areas that have much room for improvement. I desperately need You, Lord! Help me to lead the remodeling project in my family, and may You receive all the glory. I pray this in the strong name of Jesus, Amen.
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