Friday, October 26, 2012

Building Materials

"One Year Bible" New Testament Passage (for Fri., Oct. 26, 2012)

Paul, a servant of God and an apostle of Jesus Christ to further the faith of God’s elect and their knowledge of the truth that leads to godliness.  Titus 1:1 (NIV)

IT MATTERS WHAT YOU BELIEVE. There is a strange thing going on these days in that Bible truth and sound doctrine have fallen on hard times.  They are unimportant to many believers. Post-modern thinking has taught that there are no absolutes, so therefore we shouldn't get worked up about differing doctrines. As a result, many no longer know or care what they really believe.  That would be like building a house but not caring what quality of building materials were used.

It really does matter what you believe!  Your beliefs form the structure of your life. If you have no solid framework, you will be "tossed to and fro and carried about by every wind of doctrine" (Eph. 4:14). Every new idea or novel teaching will blow you in a new direction.

So, put your roots down. Dig into truth and plumb the depths of God's Word. Such truth leads to a fantastic lifestyle. Paul here calls it "godliness". It is a God-centered, God-honouring, grace-empowered life.

Truth is the BUILDING MATERIAL of your life. If you want a strong house, use good building materials!  One of the great historic examples of this is the construction of the magnificent cathedrals of Europe. These are today some of the most beautiful and enduring structures in the world. No corner was cut, and only the finest materials were used. The finest limestone, the best granite -- they even invented a new way to bring in light. They called it stained glass. New levels of expertise in engineering were required to raise the vaulted ceilings of stone. Often it took well over 100 years to built such a grand structure.  All this was done to bring the greatest glory to God.

Your life is the same way. What building materials are you using?  How carefully do you build?  As you lay down the foundation of truth, the walls of righteousness will rise. The house built on truth will weather all storms. It will endure. It will be beautiful. It will look like something GOD BUILT.

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