Caution! Under Construction…

Next week we will arrive at church to find the sanctuary locked down, and yellow construction tape signaling that the work inside has begun.  The pews will be removed and refinished, flooring replaced, walls painted, and lighting added.  What an exciting time for us.  After planning the project more than a year ago, all the pieces are in place for execution.  Now when the people of God constructed or restored the temple, it prepared them for a time of spiritual renewal. These times challenged them to renovate their hearts and renew and strengthen their relationships.  Actually, construction provides a powerful metaphor explaining what Jesus does in each of us through his grace.

Imagine yourself as a living house. God comes in to rebuild that house. At first, perhaps, you can understand what He is doing. He is getting the drains right and stopping the leaks in the roof and so on; you knew that those jobs needed doing and so you are not surprised. But presently He starts knocking the house about in a way that hurts abominably and does not seem to make any sense. What on earth is He up to? The explanation is that He is building quite a different house from the one you thought of – throwing out a new wing here, putting on an extra floor there, running up towers, making courtyards. You thought you were being made into a decent little cottage: but He is building a palace. He intends to come and live in it Himself. — C.S. Lewis (Mere Christianity)

God’s people didn’t despise these moments but greeted them with expectant joy because of what God was doing in them and among them. Now, of course, such construction (in us and in the sanctuary) is bound to cause some upheaval, but we rejoice in what is coming.  We even embrace the hardship that comes with the work.  Why?  Because we know what God has planned for us.

One response to this post.

  1. Posted by Sandy Carson on April 13, 2012 at 12:29 am

    Thank you for your vision and leadership of the church forward.
    You know I don’t like “upheaval.”:-)

    Reply

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