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Under Construction - A Devotion

Life under Construction
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I Peter 2:4-6 (AMP)
Come to Him [then, to that] Living Stone which men tried and threw away, but which is chosen [and] precious in God’s sight. [Come] and, like living stones, be yourselves built [into] a spiritual house, for a holy (dedicated, consecrated) priesthood, to offer up [those] spiritual sacrifices [that are] acceptable and pleasing to God through Jesus Christ. For thus it stands in Scripture: Behold, I am laying in Zion a chosen (honored), precious chief Cornerstone, and he who believes in Him [who adheres to, trusts in, and relies on Him] shall never be disappointed or put to shame.

My life as a believer is under construction. If I am not growing, developing and maturing as the new creation purposed by God and provided by Jesus Christ, then I am nothing more than a condemned life that will soon fall apart. Our future and hope are prefabricated by God. A prefabricated house is constructed in a warehouse and then disassembled to be put back together once the new owner finds a piece of property for construction. This is the same process that the Lord is using for you and me today. Before you and I are born, He carefully scripts our entire life from start to finish according to His Will and Way. (Psalm 139:16) According to Jeremiah 29:11, it is a good life with a future and hope. All of this was done before we ever drew our first breath and is the inheritance given to us by our Father who loves us with unfailing and faithful love like none that we have ever experienced. But the problem is that once we are born, we are separated from that plan by our sin. We have Eternity in our heart telling us that there is more to life than this (Ecclesiastes 3:11) and the Lord has provided a measure of faith (Romans 12:2) to be used in establishing a connection with God the Father once again and securing all that He has promised for our life. My life contains all the components for prosperity and potential to be more than it is today. It is up to me to come make the Stone the builders rejected into the Cornerstone of my life.

I am a girl that thrives on organization, routine and order in my life. It is called being a control freak and I am very good at it. In the Gifts of the Spirit, it would seem that I flow in the gift of administration. Sounds very boring to me. However, when I am thrust into a situation of chaos and disorder it is my natural instinct to put it all together. Like unraveling a jumble of power cords and systematically plugging them all in one by one until whatever I am doing or wherever I am runs smoothly and routinely. When I am faced with the uncertainty of life, it is my comfort zone to bring some semblance of order. This is a huge advantage in my position as a supervisor but sometimes hinders me as a friend. Life lived in a strict and rigid routine does not foster a spirit of love and forgiveness, but rather right and wrong. There is a right way to do things and a wrong way as well. My way is not always the best way for others even when I am convinced it is the only way for me. There is no doubt that Type A personalities like myself are highly productive people but do they prosper? God’s Plan and Purpose for my life is not only to be successful in everything that I do according to His Word but to establish a holy, dedicated, consecrated priesthood with my life offering it to the Lord as a living sacrifice (Romans 12:1) which is to follow the example of Jesus Christ. The only way that I will be able to do that is to believe in Jesus Christ, adhere to, trust in and rely on Him. Those who do will never be disappointed with the finished product or put to shame by the end result of their life.

Matthew 7:24-27 (AMP)
So everyone who hears these words of Mine and acts upon them [obeying them] will be like a sensible (prudent, practical, wise) man who built his house upon the rock. And the rain fell and the floods came and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had been founded on the rock. And everyone who hears these words of Mine and does not do them will be like a stupid (foolish) man who built his house upon the sand. And the rain fell and the floods came and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell—and great and complete was the fall of it.

The foundation of our life is the most important component of becoming a new creation. Jesus Christ must the foundation of our life or it is in vain. Why? When the end times come and go, Jesus Christ returns every church, temple, sanctuary and synagogue will be leveled. (Mark 13:1-2) They are the buildings that house religion and human attempts at righteousness. Men and women of God who were pastors, preachers, rabbis, teachers, deacons, board members and Sunday school leader will be subject to the plumb line of God as He measures the foundation of our life. Faith in Jesus Christ will be evidence in our favor that we built our life on the Rock. We must hear the Word of God and act upon it if we will survive this encounter to be considered an expert builder. It is not up to you to script a better life. It is not your job to decide what it will be made of. Your job is to follow His Plan and do His Will. We work hard to bring order when it is not our job. We strive for perfection when we cannot do it. We take all the pieces of our life and try to make something other than what the Lord intended it to be and become frustrated when nothing comes together as it should. Your life is under construction. God is renovating it to look like He fashioned it to be. It will come together nicely once you discover His Will, His Way and His Word. It is up to you to take all the components of your life and give them back to the Lord so that you will foster. Will your pride allow you to build the life God made for you or must we continue to take His Workmanship and try to piece it together ourselves? You are to be a new creation.

2 Corinthians 5:16-18 (AMP)
Consequently, from now on we estimate and regard no one from a [purely] human point of view [in terms of natural standards of value]. [No] even though we once did estimate Christ from a human viewpoint and as a man, yet now [we have such knowledge of Him that] we know Him no longer [in terms of the flesh]. Therefore if any person is [engrafted] in Christ (the Messiah) he is a new creation (a new creature altogether); the old [previous moral and spiritual condition] has passed away. Behold, the fresh and new has come! But all things are from God, Who through Jesus Christ reconciled us to Himself [received us into favor, brought us into harmony with Himself] and gave to us the ministry of reconciliation [that by word and deed we might aim to bring others into harmony with Him].

As we carefully examine the construction process of God in our life, it is important to get in our spirit that we are to become a new creation. There is no need to evaluate and compare our life to that of other people because it is a “new” life. New means one that has not been before. Another word for “new” is “unfamiliar”. I like this description because it explains so much of God’s Work in our life. We are not familiar with things like unfailing love, forgiveness, faithfulness and goodness because of the world in which we live. These things are foreign to us outside of God’s Love and Devotion to His Children. When we begin to experience such a relationship with the One True God, it is human nature to doubt the impressiveness and pervasiveness of His Love and Compassion for us. We must work at the foundation of our life forever drilling it in our mind, body and spirit that He is good all the time, His Love Unfailing, His Faithfulness is forever and so on. Jesus Christ is reconciling our life to God the Father which makes us Children of God with an Inheritance. God will take His Child and begin to raise our standard of living to the Glorious Standard mandated before we were ever born when He scripted our life moment by moment. The only way to give us a better life is to shake us up until we release this old, tired existence that we have been living. Such a shaking moves us from our comfort zone to become the new creation that we were always meant to be.

Luke 14:25-30 (AMP)
Now huge crowds were going along with [Jesus], and He turned and said to them, If anyone comes to Me and does not hate his [own] father and mother [[a]in the sense of indifference to or relative disregard for them in comparison with his attitude toward God] and [likewise] his wife and children and brothers and sisters—[yes] and even his own life also—he cannot be My disciple. Whoever does not persevere and carry his own cross and come after (follow) Me cannot be My disciple. For which of you, wishing to build a farm building, does not first sit down and calculate the cost [to see] whether he has sufficient means to finish it? Otherwise, when he has laid the foundation and is unable to complete [the building], all who see it will begin to mock and jeer at him, saying, This man began to build and was not able (worth enough) to finish.

There is an inherent nature of ignorance in the Church today that will lead to its demise. The Word of God has been compromised in order to make the House of God seeker-sensitive. This could be compared to a builder who takes the architects plans and begins to cut corners to save on construction costs. Buyer beware. If it seems too good to be true, then it usually is. We must consider the cost of our life and the price paid by Jesus Christ. It is up to us to accept His Finished Work on the Cross to make Him not only our Savior but more importantly our Lord. We all need a Savior and easily accept the free gift of salvation. I can win a new house but if I do not choose to occupy the dwelling what good is it to me. Today we must consider the cost before we ask Jesus to be our Savior, because by doing so we also agree to make Him Lord of our life. There is an element of labor to our love for Jesus Christ. It is work to make our faith secure. We must work to be obedient and do what the Lord has instructed us to do. We should follow the letter of God’s Law as closely as we can. This will not save our soul but will prosper our life. His Word and His Way are all about getting His Promises and Blessings to His Beloved Children molding and shaping their lives to be successful and prosperous. You have nothing to lose and everything to gain. But like an expert builder, you must always count the cost before you accept life under construction. Your life will not be all that the Lord promised it could be unless you accept His Word, do what it says and remain faithfully obedient to His Way.

I Corinthians 3:8-11 (NLT)
He who plants and he who waters are equal (one in aim, of the same importance and esteem), yet each shall receive his own reward (wages), according to his own labor. For we are fellow workmen (joint promoters, laborers together) with and for God; you are God’s garden and vineyard and field under cultivation, [you are] God’s building. According to the grace (the special endowment for my task) of God bestowed on me, like a skillful architect and master builder I laid [the] foundation, and now another [man] is building upon it. But let each [man] be careful how he builds upon it, for no other foundation can anyone lay than that which is [already] laid, which is Jesus Christ (the Messiah, the Anointed One).

The foundation of our life is Jesus Christ. There is no other firmament that will withstand the tests of time to remain intact forever. He is a firm foundation. He is a big foundation. His Love is so high, deep and wide that we cannot contain it so we must hang on in the flood of its outpouring over our life. We are all in this together and share one foundation. Love is what holds us close together as we cling to life (Jesus Christ). People are not your enemy but your helpers. We are coworkers so there is no room for discord or division in the Family of God. We have a job to do. Our lives are to be Temples for the Spirit of the Living God in order to become a new creation. You need other people in your life to be a successful Christian. Sometimes it doesn’t matter if you are right, just restorative in your many relationships becoming bonded and knit together in the Love of God. Faith in Jesus Christ allows us to live in relationship with other people because we are fully satisfied and content in our friendship with Him that we release others from unrealistic expectations and from finishing the work that Jesus began in us to be carried out through us. God is not going to change the contents and conditions of our life. He takes all components of our life to fit together according to His Plan and Purpose. The people put in our life are there to aid in prosperity. Every person you come in contact with has the potential to increase our life. It is not about them but rather us. What do we do with the relationships that we are given? Do we use them to increase the foundation of love and forgiveness that is Jesus Christ and proves we are imitators of God? The Lord gave you potential but we must turn it into prosperity.

Ephesians 2:20-22 (AMP)
You are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets with Christ Jesus Himself the chief Cornerstone. In Him the whole structure is joined (bound, welded) together harmoniously, and it continues to rise (grow, increase) into a holy temple in the Lord [a sanctuary dedicated, consecrated, and sacred to the presence of the Lord]. In Him [and in fellowship with one another] you yourselves also are being built up [into this structure] with the rest, to form a fixed abode (dwelling place) of God in (by, through) the Spirit.

What if today we stopped trying to hold it all together and let it all go? What if we allowed Jesus Christ to have all the component of our life and let Him work out His Salvation in us and through us? What would happen? We would have the life that we now only dream of. Our life would be filled to overflowing with God’s Unfailing Love. We would begin to achieve those things that once were only promises. The foundation of our life would become firm and solid so when the storms of life came and went that we would remain strong by confident hope. And then what if such a commitment to growth and development spread to the church. People would be saved, healed and delivered because God’s Word would become the foundation of every House of the Living God. As the people began to join together, the workload would not seem so impossible and things would get done right before revival hit the House. It is time to examine the foundation of our life and make sure that we find His Name. God’s Plan and Purpose for our life is alive and well. He is just waiting on us to approve His Plan and work it. Once we do the impossible is suddenly possible and no longer are we frightened of the storm but stand strong through it. Yes, my life is under construction so please pardon my mess!

Philippians 1:5-6 (AMP)
[I thank my God] for your fellowship (your sympathetic cooperation and contributions and partnership) in advancing the good news (the Gospel) from the first day [you heard it] until now. And I am convinced and sure of this very thing, that He Who began a good work in you will continue until the day of Jesus Christ [right up to the time of His return], developing [that good work] and perfecting and bringing it to full completion in you.