“So what’s an additional $150 dollars if he gets the chair he wants but in the fabric I want?” The wife standing in front of me at the furniture check-out counter waved her fabric samples in front of me to show her choices. “After all,” she said, “they build this brand to last a lifetime.”
“Yes, it is,” the salesman responded without looking up as he completed the sales purchase ticket. “It’s the same basic, sturdy frame for every recliner. And every fabric has the same stain protection that you never have to reapply. Just follow directions, and it will protect your chair for its lifetime.”
The words of the customer and salesman hung with me as 2012 draws to an end and I consider new goals for the coming year.
As I turned their words over in my mind, I realized the words not only described furniture purchases but made a faith statement as well. They answered a question, “How do we build a faith that lasts a lifetime? And one that gets us through all circumstances?”
Early in his ministry, Jesus preached the Sermon on the Mount with rules to live by — love our enemies, give to the poor, live as the salt and light to the lost, reconcile rather than retaliate. He cautioned us about worrying, criticizing others, or following false prophets. He encouraged us to seek first his kingdom and assured us of the Father’s love.
Then, Jesus closed his sermon with how to build faith that lasts. He said, “… hear these words of mine and put them into practice.” We build our sturdiest faith foundations on Jesus and his words. By following his example, we build on a foundation that lasts a lifetime. One that withstands the storms of life. Though the winds and rain may batter the doors or crack the windows, the house does not fall because it rests upon the Rock of Christ.
So, how do we build a faith that lasts? Jesus answered …
Hear his words.
Put them into practice.
That would be the hard part. Yet, like the sturdy furniture that will stand the test of time, well worth the price.
“Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house upon rock. The rain came down; the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock.” (Matthew 7:24-25 NIV)
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