From A Mother’s Heart What kind of house are you building? Most of us who study scripture are familiar with the teaching of Jesus known as “His Sermon on the Mount” (Matthew 5:1) He went up into a mountain and taught the multitudes about righteousness. Read chapters 5,6,7 for yourselves. He concludes in Matthew 7:24-27, “Wherefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock: And the rain descended and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock. And everyone that heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand: and the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell: and great was the fall of it.” The house of the righteous in (Proverbs 12:7) refers to that which is built upon the rock, who is the Lord Jesus Christ. More than once in the Bible “the house” figures the human body. As in: (Proverbs 12:7) “The wicked are overthrown, and are not: but “the house” of the righteous shall stand.” (Joshua 24:15) “Choose you this day whom ye will serve; but for me and “my house”, we will serve the Lord.” Like houses, some people are made up of different foundations, when the sun shines both houses may look the same; but when adversity comes- and come it shall; some crumble and fall, but those who have their faith grounded in Christ shall surely stand. I listened to a minister tell this story about a man named Joe: who was a loyal carpenter who worked two decades for a very successful contractor. One day, the contractor called him into office and said, “Joe, I’m putting you in charge of the next house we build. I want you to oversee the job from the ground up.” Joe accepted the assignment with great enthusiasm. He studied the blueprints, checked every measurement and specification. Suddenly, he had a thought. If I am really in charge why couldn’t I cut a few corners, use less expensive material and put the extra money in my pocket? Who will know? Once the house is painted, it will look great. So Joe went about his scheme. He ordered second grade material and inexpensive concrete put in cheap wiring, and cut every corner he could, when the house was finished the contractor came to see it. “What a fine job you have done!” he said, “You have been such a faithful carpenter all these years that I have decided to show you my gratitude by giving you this very house which you have built.” Moral of the story: You may have to live with the reputation you create. The Lord hates cheating, but he delights in honesty. We must be careful that we do not gain all that we desire at the cost of losing our own soul. God wants us to be honest and trustworthy to society and all mankind in word deed and actions. (Proverbs 11:18) “The wicked worketh a deceitful work; but to him that soweth righteousness shall be a great reward.” If is so important to study the Word of God. For when you lack wisdom and understanding you will do many things displeasing to God. (Proverbs 12:8) A man shall be commended according to his wisdom: but he that is of a perverse heart shall be despised. Read the book of Proverbs to learn how to apply God’s divine wisdom to daily life. It contains practical principles that can have an immediate effect on our conduct and character. Self-respect is vital to every person. So purpose in your heart to build up the respect and self-esteem of others, in so doing, you’ll be building more respect for yourself. Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: - For God shall bring every good work into judgment, with every secret thing whether it be good, or whether it be evil. (Ecclesiastes 12:13, 14) There are always at least two people who see what you do and how well you do it- you and God. So build well today- keep a good conscience void of offence toward God and man. This encouragement I give you from my heart.