Dave Jones

"He shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water that brings forth its fruit in its season, whose leaf also shall not wither; and whatever he does shall prosper."  Psalm 1:3

Charles Stanley once wrote about the importance of possessing things that are well-built.  For example, when looking for a builder to construct a home, an important question is, “Are the builder’s homes well built?”  More important than the home that we will live in is how we will live our lives.  The Bible refers to the importance of a well-built Christian life which will make it possible for us to overcome and gain victory over the demands and stresses of living.

Just as the beginning of a good home is a good architectural design, God has provided His Word to show us His design for the well-built Christian life.  As a well-built Christian, we will design our life to do the Father’s will, not our own will, before determining what we will do with our life.

The well-built Christian life has a solid foundation. That foundation is a love for and obedience to the Word of God. Anything built on personal preference and wisdom will eventually crack, but faithfulness to Biblical principles always brings lasting results.

The well-built Christian life is faithful in the little things.  The attention to detail distinguishes a good builder, and in the same way, a dependable follower of Christ is steadfast and careful in the small as well as the large things.  For example, the well-built Christian will pay attention to the tone of voice when talking to family members, co-workers, business associates and others.  The well-built Christian is courteous in snarled traffic, selective about what is watched on TV, and careful of who they “hang with”.

By having our heart turned toward God, designing our convictions based on God’s Word, and our actions consistent, we will withstand the test of time and tribulation.

Perhaps we should often consider the ways we have designed and built our life.  God is gracious, faithful, forever loves us, and He will help us to see the strengths and flaws of our design!

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