Under construction

Michael Bishop 20 Aug 2018 sunday blog  discipleship 

Here’s a helpful metaphor from CS Lewis:

"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."

Of course, this is only possible when we give our ongoing consent to the renovation project – when we don’t close the construction site and chase the builders away :) What does that ongoing consent look like?

  • It calls for humility – a willingness to accept that the house still needs some work and to allow long-standing, deeply entrenched ways of thinking to be reformed. It means waking up each day open to what God will teach and change in me.
  • It calls for courage and determination – no-one is excited about an appointment for major re-constructive dental work; the process of alterating a building can be deeply frustrating too. But we can’t measure the ultimate value of the process by how much we enjoy the steps to get there!
  • It inspires hope – if we reflect on the image that Lewis gives us of a magnificent palace, we are moved and energised and reminded that our partnership is with the Lord of the universe. We are masterpieces under construction, clay in the hands of the Master Potter.

As we gather in community this morning to worship this God who is completing his good work in us, may we encourage each other by what we see taking shape.


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