Building A House
I once heard a minister compare the human life to a house. He said that when you are building your home, you wouldn’t get a plumber to do the electrical work. You wouldn’t hire a carpenter to do the plumbing. You wouldn’t want a painter to install your ceiling fans and range hood. (I think you get the picture.) Likewise, it is the same when we are growing in the Lord. You will need certain people to speak into your life to help promote your growth.
Well, that concept really hit home with me as I thought back over my own journey. See, I have attended many churches in my life – from several different denominations and I have loved each moment. Each place taught me something completely different and I made lots of friends along the way, but most importantly, each place I went helped me grow closer to the Lord.
When you live your life with Jesus, you can trust Him to lead you and guide you to the teachers that you need. They may not always be in the same church you grew up in and they many not always be in the same denomination you have always attended. You just have to be open to His Spirit and His gentle nudges. You can trust Him.
Building My House
For example, when I attended the Methodist church, I learned a lot about my service to God through serving other people. I also learned so much about the importance of fellowship and having a “family” of believers who would support you and love you no matter what you were going through.
By attending the Baptist church, I learned how important the scriptures are. I learned to love reading the Word. I also started seeing that following Jesus was more than just going to church on Sunday. I began having a daily quiet time and growing in my relationship with God.
I was introduced to the Holy Spirit and how He works in the believers’ lives when I began attending a non-denominational church. I started to understand some of the gifts that God has given to me and how to use them. Also, that worship is more than listening to hymns and spiritual music.
Building Your House
Now, please don’t think that I am saying you have to go out and change churches in order to grow as a Christian. I am not! BUT…I am saying be sensitive to the promptings from God. Sometimes these teachers can come in the form of authors. Sometimes they can come in the form of TV ministers. And sometimes they can come in the form of a small child in your classroom. Be open to hearing His voice and remember…
Unless the Lord builds the house, they labor in vain who build it. Psalm 127:1
So, today, as you take the time to BeLoved Completely, ask Daddy God if you have become stuck in a rut in your church life. Ask Him if you attend a specific church, not because that is where He wants you to be, but because it is where you have always gone.
If He shows you something, be quick to acknowledge it and ask for grace to make a change. It will be worth it, I promise. Your ‘house’ will be built correctly and be able to withstand any storm that rages against it.
With love, Kim