The Fixer Upper

AS FOR ME AND MY HOUSE...

Joshua 24:15 AMPLIFIED BIBLE

“But if serving the Lord seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your ancestors served beyond the Euphrates, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you are living. But as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord.”

CHOICES

In a day when we often see stories of the American home coming apart, and at the same time there is a fascination with TV shows showing young couples finding and moving into new homes, i.e., Flip or Flop and Fixer Upper. It is somewhat of a paradox to think how many of these couples are building their relationships with as much attention as they are giving to their dream houses they are moving into. America is totally involved in their choices, in an armchair quarterback sort of way.

The other day GayNell, Kyle, and I were talking, and, in the course of our conversation, the subject came up on the style in homes today. I laughed and said, “ I have never known you to be so interested in that.” She told me, “I have been watching Fixer Upper.” I know what is in style and what is not any longer in style. I stood to be corrected!

What kind of home do you want? I am not asking about the house you live in. I am asking about what kind of home it is that you are attempting to build? In this Bible verse there is a statement that is the “Fixer Upper” for homes worldwide. Joshua states, “But if serving the Lord seems undesirable to you.” On the punch out list of homebuilders, the most important item is the foundation. Then he makes a bold statement, “As for me and my house we will serve the Lord.” This is the foundation of a Godly home, and it starts with a single choice.

What should you look for in a home like this? Joshua had a passion that would be hard to match. Joshua respected the past. Joshua had a prayer life, and sometimes he would even find himself detained in the presence of God. Joshua had an obedient faith that sometimes required difficult measures. Joshua was a disciplined warrior. Joshua was dependent on the promises of God. Joshua took others into a broader more promising neighborhood. He served by example, and that is what every good parent should desire to do. If Joshua had have been a real estate salesman, he would have sold you land to build on. He had God’s site plan, and it is still inhabited today.

I believe in you!

Your loving pastors,

Cleddie and GayNell Keith