Building blocks of Life
I have recently been assisting my brother-in-law in the construction of a bar. We ( well, actually he did- I came along a little later ) started with nothing and it is slowly coming along, piece by piece into a finished product. Bit by bit, every angle, every cut, nails, and screws moves us further along to the finished product. To be honest, it didn’t even look like a bar to begin with and we kept running into unforeseen difficulties. I wasn’t even sure we were making progress but slowly it started coming into view, it had begun looking like what it was going to be, just like life for many of us.
Our Lives taking Shape
I began to think, how like our lives was the building of this bar: missteps and misgiving, corrections and adjustments, pain and smiles all coming together building our lives piece by piece.
Did you ever get stuffed in a locker? Left out of ” the cool kids ” clique at the lunch table? Were you an athlete, a scholar, a nerd, geek, goth, redneck, or plebe that was lauded or laughed at? Do you remember the losses and victories, new friends being made and old relationships fading into memory? Do you remember the loss of loved ones and the ensuing hurt, grief, and anger? Do you remember your sinful past or are you still living in your sinful present?
Just like the bar, every piece, every circumstance, every hurt and hope makes us who we are. Every tear that has fallen, every smile that has been shared, and every hope and dream that has either been fulfilled or dashed against the rocks of life builds us piece by piece into what we are becoming.
All things work work together for our good
In Christ we have the enduring hope that circumstances are not random and that they, no matter how painful, are being used to conform us into the image of Christ and work together for our good.
Romans 8:28-29 And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose. For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that he might be the firstborn among many brothers.
Now being conformed to something, in this case Someone, usually takes some heat, shaping, and overall being readjusted into something that we were not quite before. The trying of our faith ( 1 Peter 1:7 ) is like a refining fire removing all the unwanted elements that leaves us purer than before.
I sometimes feel like that bar: being sanded, hammered, planed, chopped, pried, and leveled into the shape and position that I am supposed to be in. Something better than I was before, something useful, His workmanship ( Ephesians 2:10 ) to His glorious praise.
As my mind continued to wander I realized that, similar to the bar, we also are covered with something that makes us pretty good looking. Now, the bar is covered in lacquer, varnish, paint, and any assortment of things to make it shiny and pretty…..showroom worthy and priced to sell
However, we are different in this way: we are clothed with the righteousness of Christ when we come to Him through faith. Our dull and sinful rags are given to Him and we are imputed His perfect and shining righteousness. Thanks be to Him that we don’t have to wait until we are a finished product to be given what we cannot earn, but that we are reckoned righteous through faith by grace.
Looking for His return
We are as justified as we ever will be and His righteousness is accounted to us by faith, but we are not yet what we will be ( 1 John 3:2-3 ). For one day we will see Him as He is, this corruptible will put on incorruption and this mortality will put on immortality ( 1 Corinthians 15:54 ), and we will forever be with the Lord.
Take hope Christian, your rough edges are being smoothed and your life has purpose and remember that He who promised is faithful….even when we are not.