While the passing of time makes some homes look dated and faddish, age only enhances others. I thought about the difference good design and quality materials make on a recent stroll through a section of town known for its beautiful older homes and established yards. I realized what’s true for houses applies to marriages and individuals too.
Would you like to grow better with time? Would you like your relationships to not only last but improve with age?
Choose a Solid Foundation
Some major hurricanes and tornadoes have blown through Raleigh since we moved here. Yet the stately homes on our walk still stand in regal beauty. No life or marriage is immune to storms either. We prepare for them by building on a solid foundation.
Jesus spoke of this in Matthew 7:24-27. “Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock.”
Sadly, many in today’s culture are ignorant of Jesus’ teachings. But how do we explain the shattered lives and marriages within the church? In this passage, Jesus contrasted the difference between hearing His teachings and applying them. Any other foundation will rot and collapse with time.
Think about your life and relationships. Do you know what the Bible says about the different areas of your life? Are you practicing God’s wisdom? Beautiful lives and relationships begin with a solid foundation.
Add Quality Materials
The Apostle Paul said to be careful how we build.
“10 But each one should build with care… If anyone builds on this foundation [Jesus Christ] using gold, silver, costly stones, wood, hay or straw, their work will be shown for what it is, because the Day will bring it to light. It will be revealed with fire, and the fire will test the quality of each person’s work” (see 1 Cor. 3:10-15 NIV).
Gold, silver, and costly stones endure. Wood, hay, and straw don’t. But they can make a great show. Driving through the countryside you can spot haystacks from the road. But you wouldn’t be able to see a diamond ring in the field if you were looking for it.
The Holy Spirit is our gold. He guides and empowers us. In spite of this provision, the church at Corinth continued to operate in the power of the flesh or out of their human tendencies. And their relationships were a mess!
In contrast, Spirit-filled people are enjoyable to be around, emanate positive energy, and grow sweeter and better with time. Are you building your life and marriage with human strategies or Spirit-filled wisdom and strength?
Enjoy Timeless Beauty and Strength
Like the lovely homes we saw this weekend, with a good foundation, quality materials, and regular maintenance our lives and relationships will grow lovelier with time. And we’ll develop beauty that transcends time.
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Debbie W. Wilson
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