Summary: builiding hazards and who to avoid them
DIY disasters –
the hazards of building with the wrong equipment
If your lucky you can make a hash of it and the experts will come in.
Reason for failure-
underestimated what’s involved and how much it’s going to cost. Then they invariably get fed up with the lack of progress.. it’s a downward spiral from then on!"
Probably most of you guys have had little or nothing to do with DIY, - that is a later stage in life, but many of you are in the process of building a life for yourself
The decisions you make now, will influence what your life looks like
So it pays to take heed of the DIY disasters
And build wisely
If you stuff up your life, the DIY rescue team may not be able to do a quick patch up job
Don’t underestimate what’s involved and do count the cost.
When it comes to building material for your life there is really only one choice -
Building on Jesus is the best.
But it doesn’t come cheap like good building material it comes at a price
if you want to build on Jesus then there are something’s you need to consider first.
And what’s the cost
being shaped by him - he sets the final shape of the building.
Becoming like him
Taking on his character
Remember though it is work in progress
The end goal is a perfect ivory tower
But in order to get there God works with our imperfections
It is commitment to being shaped to fit in with the corner stone Jesus
Not already being in that shape
Is it an ivory tower, but it’s built with broken stones
being shaped by others - community
You are not some solitary brick
Your part of something much bigger
You have a part to pay in the building of the kingdom
Without you there is a gap that no one else can fill in
You are unique
being rejected by the world-
When Jesus began building – the people of the day did not like what they saw.
His standards were somewhat different
The features he though were important offended those around him
And so he was rejected
Architecture may have advanced, but the problem still remains
To build upon Jesus mean almost certain rejection.
The world doesn’t like the shape the building going to take
The world we live in has a design for your life that is totally different
It has a different set of values – building standards
You can’t have both – you either build on Jesus or build upon the standards of the world
He is either the rock you build your life upon or the rock that we stumble over
The rock that stub your toes
build upon him or reject him
There is no half way
A life built upon Jesus, won’t meet with universal approval
Not everyone is going to turn around and say what a great person you are
Remember the golden rule
Don’t underestimate what is involved and count the cost
Don’t start building until you realize what your into.
Before we can start building we need to want to
We need to get some passion for what were going to build
We don’t do it just because everyone says we should
we need to crave and then we need to be satisfied with Jesus
Don’t build upon him if you ain’t convinced
but if you ain’t convinced about him yet do something about it
I guess it’s about experience
One thing we have always valued is the desire of some people to hang around on the fringes until you are ready to commit.
Don’t jump in straight away
Peter puts it like this – get a taste for Jesus
the idea is that we have tasted Jesus
and found it to be good
something that nothing else in the world can replace
Don’t start building till your satisfied this is what you want
If you start out and realize you don’t like the look of it then it may be too late
Once upon a time I was walking along the way when I tripped and fell over a stone in my way.
After kicking it a few times swearing at it
And trying to avoid it
I came to the conclusion
This stone represented something I wanted to build upon
The stone is Jesus
And one day we will all stumble over him
For some of us we may stub our toes
Some may decide he is worth building a life upon
But when we meet with him there are only really two options
Embrace him or reject him