BUILDING THE RIGHT HOUSE
by Babangida Joseph
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Sometimes we attempt to build something that God didn't want built. Peter at the mountain of transfiguration wanted to build three tabernacles that would have had no relevance at all. Jesus was to accomplish His mission on a cross. Moses and Elijah on the other hand have completed theirs. Their mission this time around was to strengthen the Christ as He faces the cross. Not to remain permanently in tabernacles Peter was suggesting be built.
Oftentimes believers attempt to build businesses, ministries, marriages, homes, relationships, and schools etc that were never meant to be in the first place. We should count ourselves fortunate when it seems like God is frustrating our efforts. He may be actually trying to prevent us from disaster.
So when you've done the best you could knowing that you are in His will, and it doesn't seem to be working, please just let it go. It may be He doesn't want it built.
The Lord frustrated the efforts of the builders of the tower of Babel because they were not in sync with His plans. But if God's hand is in the relationship, ministry or business, or whatever it is you're trying to build, not only will it be fruitful but all the necessary building materials needed He will supply.
Solomon the king built a temple that was so splendiferous and full of majesty and glory that at its dedication the priests could not enter in to minister. The Presence of the Lord filled the temple as a sure sign of heaven's approval. The good thing was that eventhough it was Solomon who built the temple, David, his officials and the entire nation made a huge contribution towards the actualization of that project.
David had a pattern for the temple revealed to him which he wrote down. 'Then David gave Solomon his son the plan of the vestibule of the temple . . . All this the Lord made me understand by the writing by His hand upon me all the work to be according to the plan' (1 Chronicles 25: 11, 19).
Noah built the Ark only because he was instructed to do so. And he built it according to the specifications he received.
Moses raised up a tabernacle according to the pattern showed to him on the mountain. Friend, what is God showing you? What is He asking you to build?
One more point, as we build whatever it is God wants us to build let's be careful to build on the right grounds. On what premise are you building that relationship? On what grounds are you starting that ministry? On what foundation are you laying your career? On what criteria are you commencing that business? Our building will stand the test of time and weather the storms of life if we make Christ the foundation. A song writer wrote: My hope is built on nothing less than Jesus' blood and righteousness. I dare not trust the sweetest frame but wholly lean on Jesus' name. On Christ the solid Rock I stand all other ground is sinking sand.
Even if you follow the pattern then went ahead to build on sinking sand you are doomed to fail. Sinking sand may mean different things to different people. Your sinking sand may be money acquired, your beauty, your educational attainment, landed property, wife, husband, and children. The list is endless. Anything you think you can't do without.
When you build on Christ the solid Rock, you can be sure of one thing. You are building an enduring edifice to His glory. The winds of adversity may blow, the torrents may pour, storms may break forth, but after all has been said and done, you will still remain standing. Sheltered, protected and armed with life's experiences to fulfil the task given especially for you.
As 2013 approaches midyear, let it be your desire to build only what the Lord wants built. Learn to follow the specifications given to you. Ensure the correct pattern is followed. How do we do that? Marry the Word of God, love it, read it, keep it. Equally important, you build on Jesus the Christ.
This, to me, is the secret to living a successful, fulfilling and meaningful life in 2013.
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