There are things that I’m good at, and things I’m definitely not good at. I can do music stuff, I can bake, and I can make five year olds laugh. But no one has ever said, “Man, did you see that house Jared designed?” Because it has not and probably never will happen.
And that’s okay. I will never lose sleep over not growing up to be Al Borland or Bob Villa. But I know some of the basics of what it takes to put a building together.
It all starts with the foundation. In Matthew 7:25-27, Jesus is telling a parable of where we should build our homes. He said that everyone who hears His sayings and does not do them will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand. Because the rain will descend, the floods will come, and the winds will blow and beat on the house, and it will fall. And its fall will be great.
The second necessary thing for a sturdy building is its frame. I could have a concrete foundation, but if I used Popsicle sticks for a frame, that building probably wouldn’t stand for more than a week. If the foundation is firm, and the frame is strong, it provides the necessary support for everything that follows.
What helps make a good frame?
If it’s weak in some places, no amount of expensive finishes will hide the flaws. Those perfectly plastered walls will begin to crack every time a door slams, the granite countertops will gradually fall out of level, and the quartersawn oak floors will bounce and squeak like a rusty spring.
The right materials.
Although it may take four or five years before the sagging, the bouncing, and the movement start to show up, if you don’t have the right materials for your frame, you’re going to have a bad time.
A good foreman.
What is a foreman? Good question. I had to look it up. Google says that a foreman is someone who is responsible for the day-to-day oversight of a construction site. Having someone there while that construction is going on is absolutely crucial. If I oversaw a construction site, there would more than likely be a bathtub in the kitchen.
And when building or rebuilding, there are three things to remember.
- Communicate with your foreman. Let Him know what’s going on and what it is that you want. He’s there to help you with the big and small details.
- Check your materials. Look over your list of materials daily and make sure you have what you need and that you’re doing what needs to be done.
- “Tools and materials by themselves don’t guarantee a strong frame.” They need to be in the hands of a skilled carpenter or contractor who knows how to use them. He’ll help you build it right the first time so that you won’t be sorry later on.
The frame in your house can easily be reinforced. One piece at a time, it’s possible. Hebrews tells us that every house is built by someone, but that God is the builder of all things. Building a shelter the right way may not make you absent from the storm, but building it the right way will provide a shelter like no other.
After it’s all said and done, people may never see your frame or foundation. Whenever architects are designing a building, they have to keep in mind what will go into it. Books, desks, chairs, equipment, and many other things. If you don’t take into consideration what you’re putting into your home, your frame may not be strong enough. But with the right frame, the right materials, and a solid foundation, what’s stopping you? Your spiritual home is and will always be the most important house that you’ll ever build. What you put in it is just as important as what you build it with.