Fresh Hope – 20th April 2017

Joe had worked for the same building contractor for over 20 years. One day he called Joe into the office and said, “I’m putting you in charge of the next house we build. I want you to order all the materials and oversee the job from the ground up. I’ll be out of the country for three months.”

As Joe studied the blueprints and checked the specifications, he thought,”why not cut a few corners, use less expensive materials and put the extra money in my pocket?” So he ordered second rate timber, inexpensive concrete, and cheap wiring.

When the house was finished, the contractor came to see it. After inspecting it, he turned to Joe, handed him the key and said, “I didn’t tell you this before, but this house is a gift from me to you in appreciation for all the years you have worked for me.” You can imagine Joe’s surprise, along with his concern that he had now built his own house with inferior materials.

Build well. The character you build today is the one you will live with tomorrow.

Today is another chance to build – make sure you do it right.
1 Corinthians 3:13-15. Take particular care in picking out your building materials. Eventually there is going to be an inspection. If you use cheap or inferior materials, you’ll be found out. The inspection will be thorough and rigorous. You won’t get by with a thing. If your work passes inspection, fine; if it doesn’t, your part of the building will be torn out and started over. But you won’t be torn out; you’ll survive—but just barely.

Pastor Mark

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