We just bought a old 1930’s cabin in the woods. It’s a major fixer upper and in need of a lot of TLC. Thankfully, my husband is extremely handy. He can fix just about anything, make just about anything, and solve just about any problem that we’ve encountered with our vintage abode. We had confidence going into this remodel because we knew the house had been built well and right. Not only does it have a strong foundation, but it also has great bones. It’s made from sturdy and strong materials that have stood the test of 8 decades. In fact, some of the wood used to build its structure is so hard, we’ve struggled to hammer even the most heavy duty nails. It is solid, to say the least.
A firm foundation is only the starting point. The builder, design, method, and materials used to build the house determine it’s ability to stand the test of time. Stop for a moment and ask yourself this: who is building your house? Not only is Jesus the sure foundation, but He’s also the expert builder and the cornerstone that holds the house together. He is the architect and has created the blueprint for an eternal dwelling. He is building a kingdom that will last forever, and He wants to build it in and through you.
In 1 Corinthians 3, Paul gives a warning to the church. “Remember, there is only one foundation, the one already laid: Jesus Christ. Take particular care in picking out your building materials. Eventually there is going to be an inspection. If you use cheap or inferior materials, you’ll be found out.” Paul is telling us that anything but Jesus will be swallowed up in the storms of life. Even the most beautiful decor can’t hide shoddy construction. Eventually, time will tell.
Don’t we all desire to be confident mothers? No fear of the future, and no worry about how to get there. No concern over provision. No restless nights wondering if all you’ve built will crumble under the weight of the world. There is freedom for you right now. If you want to be an unshakable, joyful, kingdom building mom, you need only follow Jesus. He is the expert, and He’s already carried the burden upon His shoulders. Breathe deeply of His grace today and walk confidently knowing He is building something incredible in you.