As we celebrate with my sister’s family on the sale of their home, it’s worth noting how much effort went into receiving that blessing. Not only did they and the kids work hard, but a few amazing out of state friends drove all the way to help too! I think over 500 hours went into fixing a leaking chimney, rebuilding one bathroom and remodeling the other, replacing all the flooring, painting all the walls and most ceilings, replacing a door, and washing everything, amongst other projects and countless trips to the store.. Needless to say they were uncomfortably exhausted.
While we would use words like “remodel”, or “flip a house” the Bible would call that edification. “Let us therefore make every effort to do what leads to peace and mutual EDIFICATION (the building up of one another” Romans 14:19. Edification is the greek word oikodomo, which means to build, administrate, or steward a house. To be the keeper of the home.
Since the fall in Genesis, our physical houses and our relational homes are both experiencing ongoing disintegration. And just as the my sister’s family edified their physical house, we all need to edify our relational homes. Like the my sister’s family, it probably won’t be easy, nor will it feel comfortable, in fact it may be downright exhausting, but our relationships need ongoing encouragement. In Ephesians 4:29, Paul challenges us, “Let no unwholesome (unintelligent) words proceed from your mouth but only such a word as is good for EDIFICATION according to the need of the moment, that it may give grace to those who hear.