One of the most I exciting things I personally learned while preparing for this past weekend’s message was the definition of the word “built” that Jesus used in Matthew 7:24,26. When studying I love to look up words from the original language in which they were written in order to gain a better understanding, but I was honestly not expecting the definition I found for this word. ”Built” from the Greek language means ‘developing another person’s life through acts and words of love an encouragement.’ Awesome!
You can read this definition and think, ”sounds good, but I don’t see this happening in my family!” All of our hearts long for these two things and when we don’t receive them, or, receive very little of them it can be frustrating. So now we have a choice; which builder in the story that Jesus taught will you be? We can continue to be angry and lament over the fact of what we’re not receiving in our families, or, we can make the choice today that with God’s help I’m going to begin to develop others in my family through acts and words of love and encouragement. If you can shift your paradigm on this, then the seeds you sow will indeed create a harvest.
So, what are you going to build today in your family? Take time and share your thoughts as to how you’re going to begin. Your decision will no doubt encourage others who want to experience the love and encouragement God intends for each member of your family.