1. Building with eternity in mind

The next couple of weeks we are going to discuss the story of the three little pigs. I know it might sound strange to you that I chose a topic like this for my devotions, but please bear with me. You will be blessed by all the lessons we can learn from them. I know I have been blessed just writing it under the guidance of the Holy Spirit. Now I am sure that most of you know the story of the three little pigs. But for those of you who don't, in short it is about three little piggy brothers who still lived with their mother. When it was time to leave the house she gave them some advice, told them to build strong houses for themselves and saw them on their way.

The first piggy was a bit lazy and took the easiest route. He built himself a house of straw. He finished the house very quickly and immediately started to live there. It was not long before the wolf in the vicinity smelled the little pig and without any trouble blew his house away in order to eat him. Luckily for the little piggy he was quick enough to get away from the nasty wolf.

In the mean time the second little piggy made a little more effort in building his house. He used sticks to build his house. He took a bit longer than his brother did in building his house, but soon enough he was finished and enjoying his completed product. Once again it was not long before the wolf sniffed him out and with a little more effort blew his house away as well. The wolf was very hungry by now, but the little pig managed to escape amongst the heaps of sticks lying around.

The third little pig was wiser and had more resilience than his brothers and decided to build a proper house with bricks and cement. He took much longer than his brothers did in building the house, but he made sure that everything was hundred percent in place with a proper foundation to support his structure. Eventually he finished his house. He was so impressed with his handwork and enjoyed living there. In the mean time the nasty wolf was almost starving from hunger and smelled the piggy from afar. He hurried over to his house and tried to blow the house down, but as much as he tried he couldn't even make a dent in any part of the house. He realized he had to make another plan, and before long he saw that he can climb onto the roof and wriggle himself down the chimney into the little piggy's house. He didn't waste any time and immediately put his plan into action. But the piggy was one step ahead of him; he realized what the wolf was planning to do. So in the meantime he put a big pot full of boiling water in the fireplace and when the wolf came down the chimney, he gave a loud yoooowwll as his bum burned with the boiling water. He immediately rushed out of the little piggy's house, never to return.

The two other piggy's heard the noise and rushed to see what had happened. Their brother was glad to see them and invited them to come and live with him which they readily accepted. They all lived happily ever after.

Now you may wonder why I am telling you this old story. Well, I am going to talk in depth about the lessons that we can learn from these three little piggys and the choices they made. But for now, stop and think for a moment, what is your house - in other words, your life - made of? Is it built with straw, sticks or bricks? Do you spend most of your time on straw, sticks or bricks? Think about it, I will discuss it in more detail over the next few weeks, but sit back somewhere during this week and answer the question for yourself. Jesus came and told us that we must build our house on a solid rock; otherwise our house will collapse at the first storm that comes our way. On what is your house built? With what is it built? Are you spending most of your time on things that have no eternal value, the straw in this life? Or are you building with bricks? I am sure you all inherently want to say your life is full of bricks, things that will last even if the wolf comes and tries to take it away. But is it really? Is that where you focus all your time and attention? We will work through it during the next couple of weeks, but be honest with yourself. Being honest is normally the first step towards change. May this change be one that glorifies Him and help you to serve Him better.

Father, we want to build houses that will last. We want to focus on things that have eternal value and not on the straw of this life. Your Word tells us that we must focus our attention on what is going on in Heaven and not on what goes down here on earth. Please help us to do just that. In Jesus' Name. Amen

"…set your sights on the realities of heaven, where Christ sits at God's right hand in the place of honor and power. Let Heaven fill your thoughts. Do not think only about things down here on earth." Colossians 3:1, 2

2 comments for “1. Building with eternity in mind”

  1. Gravatar of AnneAnne
    Posted Thursday, March 3, 2016 at 8:07:02 AM

    When you are raising small kids you're constantly reading these fairy tales and can't help thinking about them too! So I'm so excited about the next couple of weeks, thank you Ilze!

  2. Gravatar of karlien woodkarlien wood
    Posted Friday, March 4, 2016 at 3:02:27 PM

    What a simple example and yet so powerful, thank you Ilze. God bless youWe must always keep it simple for everybody to understand

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