Under Construction


constructionYesterday, I heard Tom Long speak for several hours at Truett Seminary (Baylor University).  He spoke on "Preaching the Gospel of Mark."  I have heard him speak on several different occasions and always come away with such an appreciation for his passion and his storytelling.  Yesterday, as I was listening to Long speak, I thought about how God uses Scripture to shape a church and to shape our lives individually.

 

God, through the dynamic of the Holy Spirit dwelling within us, is working to form and shape us into a certain kind of people.  Like the ever-present construction on some highways, God is forever shaping and forming us to become like Christ.  

 

  • Are you married?  God desires to shape and form you into a Christlike person.
  • Are you a parent?  God wishes to use your work as a parent to shape you into a Christlike man or woman.
  • Are you single?  God wants to use your singleness as an avenue to Christlikeness.
  • Are you having financial struggles?  God desires to form you into the image of Christ through such a struggle.
  • Are you having health problems?  Living with chronic pain?  God desires to see you mature in Christ through such pain.

God’s construction is never-ending.  Yet, you are not a do-it-yourself project.  God is present and active through his Holy Spirit, the living dynamic for such construction.

 

Now this is very encouraging to me.  What a geat adventure!  Who knows how God will shape and form me this day or this week.  Who knows how God will shape me through the various situations of my life.

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6 thoughts on “Under Construction

  1. This is a wonderful post. I have recently begun to understand that this is what life is really all about; becoming like Christ and that everything, everything is used by God to bring us to this goal. It actually changes how I feel about a lot of what happens when I  actually know that God is using this event to recreate me to be more like him. It makes me wonder how rather than why and that makes all the difference in the world.  Thanks for your thoughts.

  2. Thank goodness I’m not finished, but still under construction. :)Things look good at times when we can see down the path for a good ways, but when we get into areas where the path twists & turns, and we can’t see around the next bend, it’s sure good to know God is preparing the path ahead of us.

  3. It is rumoured that on Ruth Graham’s tombstone, she wanted "End of Construction, thank you for your patience".  I don’t know if she got it, but I thought it was a great idea.
    Iain

  4. Dana,Thanks and a great comment.  I don’t know why a lot of things happen in my life, but I do know that God desires that I become more like Jesus in whatever may happen.