Built to Last

By Scarlett Stough

My husband had some minor construction experience. But he had never built a building from start to finish. We had saved enough to buy materials to build a workshop, but not enough to pay someone else to plan and build it. Out of necessity, he began to research how to construct a building from the idea to its completion.

Library books, borrowed books, advice from experienced friends, and the county planning and zoning department along with their inspectors were his source of information. He learned what steps he ought to leave to experienced builders.

The blueprints were drawn up by a professional and followed to the letter. A local small business dug and poured the concrete foundation. He mined the local building supply business for details before he began his next step. As the saying goes, “he measured twice and cut once,” at least most of the time. Mistakes were corrected before moving on. He did not resent the many inspections, because he relied on their knowledge to make sure the building was solid and safe. Friends offered to help, bringing their expertise, time and strength. When it was finished, he had a quality building because he sought the wisdom of those more experienced than he. This was no sand castle to be swept away by the tide.

Jesus talked about building a spiritual life in construction terms.

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. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock. But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash (Matthew 7:24-27).

A person can read all the construction books in the world, but if he doesn’t follow good building practices, the building will not last. A person can memorize the entire Bible, but if she doesn’t follow the wisdom in it, she will not be able to enter the kingdom of heaven as Jesus said, “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven (Matthew 7:21)."

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