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How's the Building Going?

You also, like living stones, are being built into a spiritual house to be a holy priesthood, offering spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.

1 Peter 2:5 NIV

One of the things I have come to appreciate is the process of building. When I was younger, I used to have construction work tools, station, tool belt, hard hat, etc. My father was a Mr. Fix It (only to discover later he was just placing bandages on wounds, love you Big Jesse). Today as I journey through Philadelphia, I am surrounded by buildings being erected, I am constantly looking for the completion of the project to view the result. I recall one time conversing with a construction worker on a house near the church and asking, how’s the building going? Where are you in the process of building? He began to explain what stage they were at and how much longer until completion.

In the verse we are reminded that as believers we are apart of God’s great Christian project, before we were in our mother’s womb God developed a blueprint for each of our lives. We are living stones referring to stones that are shaped and structured for construction, being built into a spiritual house. What better architect and builder to have at work in your life then God? Our God who is building us to be a holy priesthood, remember in the Old Testament priesthood you had to be a part of a certain tribe, but God has made it that all believers have access to the priesthood to offer sacrifices. As you observe the building that’s taking place in your life, how’s it going? In the words of John Wesley, “how is it with your soul?” Do you feel like the structure is strengthening or weakening? Have you altered the blueprint for your preference over God’s choice? At moments we struggle with God’s creative plan, but since God started the work let God finish the work in you. “Being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.” Philippians 1:6 NIV

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