BUILDING LASTING FAITH


I am a fan of the DIY home renovation TV shows that are out on cable these days. One that is a long time favorite and is the original home makeover show is “This Old House.” Most of their shows deal with homes throughout the New England states where there are big, beautiful old homes that were built in the 1700’s and 1800’s. Thanks to historical committees, the vision of their owners and the hard work of the This Old House crew, many of these homes end up looking virtually the same as they did two hundred years ago but with more efficient materials.

The seasons come and go with the summer sun beating down on these homes year after year. Wind, rain, snow and ice batter them winter after winter. The homes have weathered repeated blizzards and hurricanes. Yet, they have stood the test of time.

I find it fascinating that these old homes not only retained their value, but often surpassed the value of newer homes. It has been said that imitation is the highest form of flattery, and in this region when new homes are built, many are constructed to resemble the old ones.

Similarly, our faith is designed to last. Our life of following Christ is not without its seasons or its struggles. Doubts, life circumstances and even crises of faith batter us season after season. Yet, like an antique house, these seasons provide us with an opportunity to strengthen and build value to our lives as we, by faith, invite God’s partnership with us step by step along the way. And, faith that stands the test of time is beautiful to behold. “But you, dear friends, must continue to build your lives on the foundation of your holy faith” —Jude 20 NLT. Christ-followers should look to more “seasoned” Believers as role models. In them, we see the value of long-term faith and we can seek to imitate their lives.

Remember that God is in the business of building your faith — a faith that will stand the test of time. Invite Him to build your faith whatever experiences your day brings.

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