Biblical principle thatteaches us that Christianhomes are built, not“gotten.”
The psalmist says,
“Except the LORD build thehouse, they labor in vain that build it: except the LORD keepthe city, the watchman wakethbut in vain” (Psalm 127:1).
There is a poem that says, “Ahouse is made of brick andstone, but a home is made of love alone.” Just as Godcreated (or “built,” if you will)man and woman in His ownimage (Genesis 1:26-27), sohomes must be built orfounded upon the Lord. Afaithless home is a dangerousone. Jesus said,
“Thereforewhosoever heareth thesesayings of Mine, and doeththem, I will liken him unto awise man, which built hishouse upon a rock: And therain descended, and thefloods came, and the windsblew, and beat upon thathouse; and it fell not: for itwas founded upon a rock”(Matthew 7:24-25).
I firmlybelieve one of the biggestproblems married couples havetoday is that they “gotmarried” but they have not yetestablished or “built” a truehome life. People are moreinterested in “getting” whatthey need, but “building”requires priorities and sacrifice. Jesus taught a parable oncounting the cost.
“For whichof you, intending to build atower, sitteth not downfirst, and counteth the cost,whether he have sufficientto finish it? Lest happlyafter he hath laid thefoundation and is not ableto finish it, all that beholdit begin to mock him,Saying, ‘This man began tobuild, and was not able tofinish’” (Luke 14:28-30).
Inthis context, Jesus ischallenging the audience to