4:14 – If The Bones Are Good, We Can Build!
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Do you ever watch home renovation shows? I love to see them flip houses. They taker a home that looks terrible, tear it down to the studs, and rebuild A common phrase is, “the house has good bones”. Have you ever thought about what that means?
Yesterday in the car, I heard a song called The Bones by Maren Morris. The song talks about how hard life is and how hard life is on love. Remember that God is love and having faith (blind or otherwise) is hard. Here are a few core lyrics to think about:
“When the bones are good, the rest don’t matter
Yeah, the paint could peel, the glass could shatter
Let it rain ’cause you and I remain the same
When there ain’t a crack in the foundation”
“Call it dumb luck, but baby, you and I
Can’t even mess it up, though we both try
No, it don’t always go the way we planned it
But the wolves came and went and we’re still standing”
If there a crack in your foundation with God, or is the paint just peeling? Are you bones good?
- Hebrews 11:1-3 – Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see. 2 This is what the ancients were commended for.3 By faith we understand that the universe was formed at God’s command, so that what is seen was not made out of what was visible.
- 2 Timothy 2:13 -if we are faithless, he remains faithful, for he cannot disown himself.
Faith is a choice. Complete faith also isn’t easy. We have storms in our lives that peel the paint and break the glass, but if we have a strong foundation in Christ, our foundation won’t crack. In Hebrews, we see the essence of faith. Do we believe that God made the universe and there are many things that we can’t see? Do we believe even though we can’t touch? That is faith.
We also know that Jesus forgives us when we falter. In 2 Timothy we see that even if we feel like we are far from Jesus or losing faith, he always remains faithful. He created us as part of him so he can’t lose faith in himself. What does this mean? It means that if we have a solid foundation in Christ, we can and will falter. We will fall down, but that doesn’t diminish his love for us or our love for him.
This reminds me of an episode of an old show called Pimp My Ride. Basically, Xbit (the host), would take people’s cars and pimp them out. They would get new everything and would be fancy cars. In one episode that car that he was given was so badly broken, that they couldn’t fix it and then pimp it out. They ended up buying a new car and then doing their work. How does this relate to us?
First, most of us have a strong foundation or good bones. We can work to build up our faith, repair it, and grow in Christ. Some of us have a cracked foundation, we need to be reborn. In 2 Corinthians 5:17, we see that if anyone is in Christ, they are a new creation. So fear not. If you haven’t accepted Jesus and have a crack in your foundation, you can become new through him. This is a cornerstone of our faith.
So, how are you bones? Is your house firm? Are there broken windows or chipped paint? Remember, God will help you repair and build. You just need to ask.
Lord Jesus, thank you for making us with good bones. Your love has build faith in us. We know that there are times when the wolves are a the door, when the storm is breaking through the windows, and life is just hard. We also know that you are with us and will help us rebuild better and stronger than before. Lord, we ask you to remind us that we have good bones and the rest don’t matter. Help us to be one with you and grow always in our faith and love. In your name, Amen.