The teeth-grating whine of drills cutting through steel plating has been reverberating in my head all week long, painfully reminding me that there is no insulation or other type of sound proofing in my office wall. Ah, well, the price of progress often includes the need for aspirin.
With the sounds of construction and remodeling ringing through my office space for the time being, I’m also reminded of how carefully one must be in the building of one’s life. Hmm. Only one life to live with eternity to follow. Maybe we’d better get things right in the here and now.
Begin by asking yourself, “Who is doing the building in my life?” Perhaps that seems like an odd question, but it’s an extremely important one. It’s vital to understand who ultimately has the right to be the architect of your destiny. Is it not God, the Creator, Savior, Master and Lord? Would it not be worthwhile and wise to let the One Who created you with His grand themes in mind to lead you into experiencing His plans for your life? After all, “Unless the LORD builds the house, its builders labor in vain” (Psalm 127:1a NIV). Who wants to live a life that ultimately is summed up as vain and empty of meaning? Besides that, while it is a great idea to plan ahead, remember that “We can make our plans, but the LORD determines our steps” (Proverbs 16:9 NLT). Is it not better to willingly follow the Lord's leading than to go kicking and dragging one’s feet?
Secondly, ask yourself the question, “With what material am I building my life?” I don’t mean, of course, things like straw, wood or even brick (whatever the Three Little Pigs may think).
The things I mean are a little bit more abstract. Are you building a life with the highly unstable materials so highly valued by the world? Are you in an obsessed pursuit for material success? Are you aiming for the topsy-turvy goal of the acclamation of others? Are the evasive prizes of position and influence your heart's desires and the reasons that you do all that you do?
With all the ways you COULD spend your life lying before you like an endless menu, you’ll likely get a throbbing in your head akin to the one that I have from the rhythm (or lack thereof) of hammers pounding a mere yard or two away from me all this week.
Nonetheless, you will have not lived in vain if you build your life on the foundation of Jesus Christ with the bricks and mortar of love, holiness, faith, service, hope and courage. On the contrary, “As you come to Him, the living Stone – rejected by men but chosen by God and precious to Him – you also, like living stones, are being built into a spiritual house to be a holy priesthood, offering spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. For in Scripture it says ‘See, I lay a stone in Zion, a chosen and precious cornerstone, and the one who trusts in Him will never be put to shame’” (1 Peter 2:4-6).
If I were to attempt to sum up the gist of what God can do with your life, I might borrow the theme from “Bob the Builder”, one of our children’s favorite television shows. “God the Builder: Can He build it? Yes, He can!”