Restoration: Day Three
remember the blueprints
READ: Psalm 18:11-15, Philippians 1:6
Have you ever built a house? My husband and I have never had the privilege (or pain) of building a house. We’ve had several friends build their own houses and from a few conversations I have seen building a house can be super stressful.
From all of the choices to make, to deadlines, and working around the weather - I’m not sure I’d like to build my own house! Sitting in a meeting once I was able to look at some official blueprints. They were for a surgical center in a small community in Central America. The surgical center was being built on some property owned by a church and my husband and I was praying and asking the Lord if we might partner with this ministry.
As I sat there looking at the blueprints, I realized it would be a long time before it would be built and it was hard to see what the final product would look like. To be honest it looked like a bunch of lines and dots. Fast forward two years and my husband and I have seen the finished project. It is much more beautiful than those blueprints. The blueprints were important as the builder laid each stone, fashioned together the walls, ran the electrical wiring, and measured the doorways.
God also has a set of blueprints for us, as Christians. It says in Ephesians 2:10: “For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.
God has done great things for us and will complete the good works in us. Look for how God is working today. Maybe write down all of the ways God is working, maybe behind the scenes. He is building a beautiful testimony for His glory out of your life. Rest in this fact: God will complete the work He started.
It may seem ugly right now. Your life and circumstances might be really hard, painful, and full of grief. Don’t forget God prepared before the foundations of the world a plan for YOUR life. And one of the things He prepared for you was for you to walk in good works. Even in the middle of the restoration, we can do things for God.
Rest assured, this type of “work” has nothing to do with your salvation - that was bought with Jesus’ blood and requires no works on your part. Instead, these works are a result of God’s working in your life! The works described here are the works to bring God glory. Even in the middle of the mess, you can magnify God!
The fruit of the Spirit, the abiding, the prayers you pray: all of these are things God has called you to do. No matter how small they may seem, God’s plans for your life include “good” things. Trust the Builder.
Now, therefore, you are no longer strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God, having been built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ Himself being the chief cornerstone, in whom the whole building, being fitted together, grows into a holy temple in the Lord, in whom you also are being built together for a dwelling place of God in the Spirit. Eph. 2:19-22
1. What in your life seems really “messy” and ugly right now?
2. How might you bring God glory even today?
3. How can you rest in God’s work in your life, even when you can’t see the end result yet?
Dear Lord, sometimes I don’t know where you are headed with the blueprints of my life. How can good come from this? But God, I want to trust you more. Let me remember you can see the final project in your mind - completed. And you will not rest until it is finished. Amen.