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Get A Life

Get A Life

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Published by Randy Neal
The July 2011 e-edition of Observant.
The July 2011 e-edition of Observant.

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Observant 
 July 2011Publisher: Randy Neal 
“Get a Life”
Here we are already intothe seventh month of the year.Where has the year gone?Many of you will be spendingthe July 4
th
holiday with friendsand family, but we hope thatwhere ever you are that youwill be safe. We are gettingready for Vacation Bible Schooland our Gospel Meeting thesecond Saturday/Sunday in July. The following week anumber of our young peoplewill be away at church camp. Then before we realize – schoolwill be back in session.A popular phrase orcliché that we sometimes hearis, “Get a life.Parents maysay this to their children tomean, “grow-up.” You mighteven say this to a close friendwho needs to wake up andtake on responsibility. We mayhave even been told this be ateacher in school to encourageus to work harder and getbetter grades. While the ideaof gettingmay beappropriate in the Englishlanguage, as Christians theword “building” should be inour vocabulary. A person can
get 
a job, but you must
build 
acareer. You can
get 
into thecollege or university of yourchoice, but you must
build 
upon a strong academicfoundation in order to receiveyour degree. A guy might
get 
a girlfriend, but in order forthat gal to become his wife, hemust
build up
a relationship. You may buy or
get 
a house,but you can only
build 
a home.If the above is true in thephysical realm, then it is alsotrue in the spiritual realm.
First, there is a
 
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 “builta truehome life. People are moreinterested in “gettingwhatthey need, but buildingrequires 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
 
take uptheir cross andfollow Him(verse 27).Without having God atop ourlist of priorities, our homes willcrumble and fall at thefoundation.
Secondly, the Bibleteaches that personal faithis something that must bebuilt or established, not“gotten.”
When God decidedto destroy the world with aflood, he found a man namedNoah that shinned like a star ina darkened world of sin. Godcalled Noah to “make” or buildan ark of gopher wood(Genesis 6:14). Now God didnot tell Noah to go out and“get” an ark, but to build one. The Hebrew writer says,
“By faith Noah, being warned of God of things not seen as yet,moved with fear, prepared anark to the saving of his house;by the which he condemnethe world, and became heir of the righteousness which is by faith” (Hebrews 11:7).
Why didNoah obey the voice of theLord? Because he had faith inGod’s word. What one problemdo families in the 21
st
centuryface? They don’t have faith. The Hebrew writer says thatwithout faithwe cannotplease God (Hebrews 11:6).Sadly, both the world andChristians think that “faith” issomething that you can simply“get.” Some people have theidea that you can just go getfaith like you can go to thestore and get a carton of milk! The Bible says,
“So then faithcometh by hearing, anhearing by the word of God” (Romans 10:17).
We must diginto the word of God in order toreceive faith; faith does notcome by accident. Once wehave an established faith thenwe must build uponthatfaith. The apostle Peter spokeof “building” our Christian lifeupon our faith. Peter writes:

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