For every house is built by someone, but God is the builder of everything. Moses was faithful as a servant in all God’s house, testifying to what would be said in the future. But Christ is faithful as a Son over God’s house. And we are His house, if we hold on to our courage and the hope of which we boast. Hebrews 3:4-6
My barn is almost finished and ready for final inspection. While we had many friends to help us, we did almost all the work ourselves. Every weekend and evenings after work, we set posts, built rafters, screwed down roof, spread shell and constructed stalls. Our aching muscles and tired hands prove it. The gates went up today, and we are one step closer to completion. When we started this process many months ago, neither Glen nor I knew anything about construction. Had we known what we know now, we would have done things very differently. Unfortunately, we only got one chance. Most of our problems came from our architectural plans. We knew what we wanted and needed, but the building department would not take our hand drawings as part of the permit process. So, we had to take our designs to an architect to do the blueprints and have the plans sealed by an engineer. It turns out the person we selected did not know much about building barns either. We ended up with a barn that is overbuilt in some areas and under built in others. The drawings were also very difficult to read and understand which caused frustration, delays, much discussion and the necessity of buying more materials than we needed because of waste or improper drawings. We are grateful that we are almost done and will breathe a deep sigh of relief when the building inspector signs off on our work. While we don’t think the barn will blow down in a hurricane, the process could have been much easier had we had better information and direction. Our permit says in the place for contractor, “Self.” We might have been better off to hire a contractor who knew what he was doing, but we did not think we needed help. When it comes to our life, it is similar story. Hebrews 3 says that we are like a house that God is building. When we begin to think of ourselves as the one who runs our life and makes our plans, then, we get into trouble. God knows what our future will hold; He knows what we will need and what is best for us. Unlike poorly draw and incomplete designs, His plans for us are perfect and whole. Looking to our own knowledge and depending on our own experience will only lead to disaster and waste. We cut corners, do a sloppy job or simply make mistakes out of our ignorance when we should depend on the master builder who knows what is best and true. Who is building your house today? Is it God or your own selfish desires and ambition? Let Him be in charge not only of the construction but also the design. You only get one chance. Submit to His will and be obedient and when He is done, your life will be much more impressive than the simple pole barn we have labored to build. It will be an architectural masterpiece.