We are all “under construction” at all times. We are messy. Dirty. Sometimes unrecognizable. It takes destruction before you can have construction. The destruction is often painful as it tears our reality to shreds. It removes the permanence of what was once there and replaces it with shattered bits that are no longer recognizable. Within the shattered broken bits and jagged edges there is also fresh soil of possibility.
As a non-believer you never leave the destruction phase. There is never a building of something new. There is always a tearing down of the sinful self. It isn’t until you reach rock bottom and realize your need for a savior that you can begin the construction of your new self in Christ.
After destruction you can start the construction. There is always masterful planning and a vision of what is to come before construction begins. Construction itself can also be painful. Relearning new habits, trends, feelings, lifestyle and thought patterns is hard. You can’t do construction alone, it takes hard work by a team. Once the construction is done the end result is so worth the pain and messiness endured.
In our walk with Christ we are always under construction. Different phases of construction, yet always a messy construction site. God, our creator, has a beautiful plan for our life. We simply need to follow his architecture plans to the best of our ability. Sometimes we deviate from those plans and learn painful and costly lessons. We need to lean on each other to help one another through the construction. Attending a church is a great way to find messy people, who are also under construction, whom you can lean on to survive the construction troubles.
In death, as a believer in Christ, we are born again The construction is done. We are beautifully and wonderfully made in the image of our God and will be perfect with Him in heaven rejoicing to his glory.
Isaiah 42:19 – See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.
1 Corinthians 15:21 – For since by a man came death, by a man also came the resurrection of the dead.
Romans 6:23 – For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Ecclesiastes 3:1 – There is a time for everything and a season for every activity under the heavens
Hebrews 13:8 – Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.