Still Under Construction

Some days are super frustrating. Some days I feel like I’m losing focus and back sliding. Yesterday was one of those days. But with a little simple reminder, I was reminded that I’m still under construction.

Yesterday some men came and dug up our street. Our neighbors had had some sewage problems, so these workers came to fix it. Where I have lived in Mount Pleasant, Sc, there has been a lot of construction going on over the past four and a half years. Mount Pleasant is an up and coming city in a wealthy part of Charleston and it seems there are new places popping up yearly.

What is construction for though? To make better? Newer? Cleaner? Sometimes construction is used to fix problems like a congested traffic area, by adding another lane. Sometimes construction is just to make something newer looking. But you can bet that construction is part of a bigger picture and growth process.

Its kind of crazy to think about but I have been living in this city during the time of its greatest growth. I’ve seen this city transform in the past four and a half years from an up and coming town to a booming city with lots of restaurants and things to do. I also in the past year and a half have done a lot of growing into my new persona of Christ follower.

The first year of being a Christian was about learning who God really was and Him taking several things completely out of my life. The next year was about learning to trust Him with everything: school, relationships and waiting on His timing in my life. Just over the past few months I am learning to listen more and talk less, let the Holy Spirit lead me and learning that my body is His temple and how to love it.

I believe that each day God is newly constructing us, making us more into the image of Christ. There is chiseling going on and parts being pruned and parts being cut off that are negative and a distraction to our walk with Christ. I guess what I learned yesterday is that the construction process is ongoing, never ending until I meet with Christ in Heaven. I am constantly having to surrender to Him, a midst the forces and darkness that are trying to pull me away. I am learning that even days when I fall and fall terribly, those are learning processes and molding processes, tests.

“Praise the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. According to His great mercy, He has given us a new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead and into an inheritance that is imperishable, uncorrupted, and unfading, kept in heaven for you. You are being protected by God’s power through faith for a salvation that is ready to be revealed in the last time. You rejoice in this, though now for a short time you have had to struggle in various trials so that the genuineness of your faith—more valuable than gold, which perishes though refined by fire—may result in praise, glory, and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ. You love Him, though you have not seen Him. And though not seeing Him now, you believe in Him and rejoice with inexpressible and glorious joy, because you are receiving the goal of your faith, the salvation of your souls.” (1 Peter 1:3-9)

I’m glad God gives me these simple but profound thoughts and analogies. A broken sidewalk is not an image of brokenness but of growth and renewal. Sometimes God has to dig up our hearts and dig up our lives to build us brand new. That’s why Jesus says you have to lose your soul to find it. You have to give up this world and give up your life to truly have life. Its crazy sounding but true. We have to be dug up to grow, we have to be melted down to shine. He is preparing us for an unimaginable inheritance with Him one day.

He is growing me right now in this moment and in my past mistakes and in my future victories. I am continually being molded into the image of Christ, daily. I may feel broken at times or like I’m losing progress but Christ is fixing me, growing me and moving me to new areas of adventure and continual construction.

Let Him continue to refine you today.
Blessings,
Joseph.

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