I remember back when I was a child, I loved to build forts out of furniture, chairs, blankets, boxes, and whatever else my siblings and I could find. Now that I’m a dad, I’m always looking for ways to entertain my son, Samuel. Instinctively, he seems to have taken a liking to playing under his jumper. Not totally a fort but it has a roof so it qualifies, right?
The other day, I threw a blanket over it and he absolutely loved it! I guess this whole fort thing is wired into us, isn’t it?
Do you suppose this instinct to build forts was given to us, men, by our Creator as a necessary survival skill and desire to build shelter that protects us and our families?
Anyone who does not provide for their relatives, and especially for their own household, has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever. -1 Timothy 5:8 NIV
I’d like to think so… God loved us so much, that he placed instincts in us to survive, thrive, and most importantly, seek and acknowledge Him! Would it be love if He required something from us (verse above) yet didn’t give us the means by which to fulfill it?
We build impressive structures: buildings, homes, stadiums, you name it. We also take much credit for the engineering, construction, planning, and logistical prowess that makes these buildings possible. What if we were to individually take a moment to thank God for these skills and instincts that he has gifted each of us with and then ask Him how we should use them?
- What would THAT look like?
- What are you building with the gifts the Lord has given you?
- Will it stand the test of time?
- Will it still be around long after your last breath?
- I’d love to hear your comments below!