My Word for 2015: Oikodomé / by Rachel Nordgren

My One Word for 2015: Oikodomé Happy Tuesday, m'dear! How's your week going? More than that, how's your 2015 going? We're 54 whole days into this not-so-brand-new year, friend. Are you taking action on all those goals and intentions you set?

In the same spirit of my 2015 Goals post (which was published on February 10th, thankyouverymuch), I'm sharing my "Word for the Year" today. Last year, my word was "Simplify" and man, it was a hard but freeing year where Hans and I removed the excess from our life and home. I feel like I cleared the clutter and gave myself a clean canvas for 2015.

Which means that it's time to build.

At the Influence Conference in September, Jessi Connolly gave a talk about how important imperative it is for us as believers and interneters to be all about God's kingdom and not our own. The LORD hates it when we go around trying to build our own kingdoms; He loves it when we are walking with Him in building His kingdom.

That lit a fire in my belly and kept nagging at my brain for the rest of 2014. I felt the LORD continually pressing the "It's time to build" message into my heart and my head. He was faithfully showing me that there was a purpose for this "clean slate" I had in front of me, that He had plans to build something on the ground we'd cleared.

So? My word for 2015 is Oikodomé.

Oikodomé (oy-kod-om-ay') is a Greek feminine noun from the root words "Oikos" (a house, a dwelling, and also a delicious brand of yogurt) and "Dóma" (a house or housetop). It's defined as the act of building, a building itself, or spiritual advancement/edification.

Further studying the word, we find that it means... - a building (edifice) serving as a home - (figuratively) constructive criticism and instruction that builds a person up to be the suitable dwelling place of God, i.e. where the Lord is "at home." - the act of one who promotes another's growth in Christian wisdom, piety, holiness, happiness

Here are some verses where Oikodomé is used...

Mark 13:1 // "And as he came out of the temple, one of his disciples said to him, “Look, Teacher, what wonderful stones and what wonderful buildings!”

Romans 14:19 // "So then let us pursue what makes for peace and for mutual upbuilding."

1 Corinthians 3:9 // "For we are God's fellow workers. You are God's field, God's building."

1 Corinthians 14:12 // "So with yourselves, since you are eager for manifestations of the Spirit, strive to excel in building up the church."

1 Corinthians 14:26 // "What then, brothers? When you come together, each one has a hymn, a lesson, a revelation, a tongue, or an interpretation. Let all things be done for building up."

2 Corinthians 12:19 //  "It is in the sight of God that we have been speaking in Christ, and all for your upbuilding, beloved."

Ephesians 2:21 // "In whom the whole structure, being joined together, grows into a holy temple in the Lord."

Ephesians 4:19 // "Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear."

I want my life to be a place where the LORD is at home...a suitable dwelling place for Him. I want to "oikodomé" the part of His Kingdom that He has tasked me to "oikodomé". I don't know exactly what that looks like yet, but I am really, really excited to find out.

What's YOUR word for 2015? Why?

Under Grace - Rachel