Everyone knows Jesus was the son of Joseph, the carpenter. But most people don’t think of Jesus as a carpenter or a builder. They see Him as a servant or the Savior, as healer or preacher, Master or minister, storyteller, even as a friend of sinners. Most people don’t think of Jesus as a builder. But He is.
In fact, He’s the greatest builder of all time. There are two amazing statements in Scripture that suggest not only is He a prolific builder, but He is also the preeminent builder of all time. The first is found in Matthew 16:18 where Jesus said, “I will build my church and the gates of Hell shall not prevail against it.” The other is found in Psalm 127:1 where Scripture declares, “Unless the Lord builds the house, those who build it labor in vain.”
Jesus is the premier church builder and home builder of all time. In another blog, we’ll look at what the church would be like if we let Jesus build it. Today, let’s focus on our homes. What would our homes look like if we let Jesus build them?
If we allowed the Lord to build our homes, you’d find these 11 things:
- A home where Jesus is praised, prominent and preeminent.
- A home where a personal relationship with the Lord is not only encouraged, but is the top priority.
- A home where the Bible is read and prayers are said.
- A home where the Lord’s Day is just that: the Lord’s Day.
- Worship in God’s house with God’s people is our first and foremost holy habit.
- A home where the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts.
- A home where failure is never final and forgiveness is always available.
- A home where the focus is more on eternal things, rather than on temporal things.
- A home where our calendars, checkbooks, schedules and passions reflect a deep and abiding love for God and the things of God.
- A home where promises made are promises kept.
- A home where it’s alright to cry, alright to laugh and alright to ask why.
- A home where, if God showed up unannounced, He’d feel right at home.
Is Jesus building your home? If not, why not? And if not, you need to remember Psalm 127:1, “Unless the Lord builds the house, those who build it labor in vain.”
You’ll never find a better builder!
© 2015. Barry L. Cameron
Barry L. Cameron has been the Senior Pastor of Crossroads since 1992 when the church was averaging 188 in morning worship. Today, more than 8,000 people call Crossroads their church home. Pastor Cameron and his wife, Janis, have three children and two grandsons. He’s the author of the bestseller: The ABCs of Financial Freedom, Contagious Generosity, and The Financial Freedom Workbook. The Cameron family has been completely debt free since November 2001.