According to the Riches of His Grace

"In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace, which he lavished upon us…" -Ephesians 1:7-8

Category: Discipleship

Baby Steps

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There is a hard struggle in being a Christian. When you begin following Jesus, he forgives you of your sins and you begin a lifelong process of following him, in which he leads you away from sinful tendencies and makes you more holy. This process will not be completed until we either die or Jesus returns.

So, my struggle is that I want to be fully free from sin, but I still have a long way to go. It would be really nice if I could be free from sin and be finished with that process next week, but the reality is that if I live to be 70, I still have a nearly 50 year battle with my sin to go. My desire is to be fully like Jesus and with him, but I have a long time to go.

Just when I think I almost have my sin under control, the Lord exposes to me 10 other areas where I am not even close to overcoming. I may be doing really well at patience and then I’ll be in a group of people and make 3 or 4 comments that I really shouldn’t have, that were arrogant, rude, or discouraging. I may be doing well at not looking at women with lust, but then lose my temper. I may have my language under control, but then cut someone off in traffic for my own gain.

I am a sinner.

And I want to be free from this curse over my flesh. I am completely forgiven of it because of the cross of Christ, but may we never use that as an excuse to indulge in it. I don’t want it as a part of my character anymore. But it is. The Spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.

Maybe you feel this way. So what do you do?

I am a planner, so my one of my biggest thorns in the flesh is trying to think weeks, months, and even years out. There is value in not being content where you are in your walk with Christ, but there is also pain in fretting that you aren’t yet with Jesus where you won’t be for another 5 years. For whatever reason, God takes a lifetime to do a complete work in us and make us completely free from sin.

So instead of only focusing on the big picture, focus on today. Following Jesus and becoming more like him involves a lot of baby steps. We are never going to pole vault all the way through the Christian walk. It takes a lot of time. It is a battle. It is hard. Take it a day at a time and follow the Lord today. Keep the future in vision, so you know what you are aiming for, but don’t rush the sanctification process. Give everything you’ve got. When you give everything you’ve got and are fully surrendered to Jesus, you are in the appropriate posture at which he can do the most work in you.

“Oh that day when freed from sinning, I shall see thy lovely face

Full arrayed in bloodwashed linen, how I’ll sing thy sovereign grace

Come my Lord, no longer tarry. Bring thy promises to pass

For I know thy power will keep me til I’m home with thee at last.”

A Standing Ovation from Jesus

Twice over the past couple days, my attention has been brought to the death scene of Stephen in Acts 7:54-60. Once was watching the final sermon from Passion yesterday. The second time was when we studied it in my New Testament class today. Each time, a specific detail has been brought out to me. It comes in verse 56.

Stephen looks up into heaven and sees Jesus standing at the right hand of the Father. Every other time in Scripture that Jesus is at the right hand of the Father, he is sitting. Stephen has just finished preaching to the Jews about Jesus and they are about to kill him.

And Jesus is standing.

Why is Jesus standing? Maybe he is telling Stephen he has done well and remained faithful.

How much I long for this. I long for Jesus to stand at the sight of me one day. Not because I want glory for myself, for why in the world would I want Jesus, the only one worthy of glory to give me glory in his presence. Rather, I want Jesus to confirm that I was faithful. It’s like how a son longs to hear his father say, “I’m proud of you, son” or that moment when a father tells his son that the son is now a man.

We are really big on saying that our good works cannot please God and that is absolutely true in a salvation sense. We cannot please God with our works to merit eternal life. That is all by Christ on the cross.

But he expects us to live faithfully. When you look at Christ on the cross, you see that there is nothing you can do to save yourself. But when you look at Christ on the cross, you see that if you know him, there is nothing you can do but live for him.

If we really love Jesus and are his follower, we should do everything in our power to live for him in our thoughts, words, and actions. Of course we will screw up and Jesus forgives us there. But no matter what it takes, we must seek to live as Jesus lived. Anyone who claims to live in God must walk as Jesus did (1 John 2:6).

I want Jesus to stand from his seat one day in recognition of his acceptance of the life I lived for him. I may not successfully do that. But I will do everything in my power to. I will press on for the goal of the prize of the call of God in Christ (Philippians 3:14).

Followers of Jesus, will you join me?

Sanctification in Ice Skating

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Last night, I went ice skating……if you could call it that.

I went with 10 other friends from seminary. I’ve roller bladed maybe twice in my life and I didn’t do that correctly at all. I was hugging the wall the whole time. So, I never learned how to move my feet in a way that would actually move me in skating.

So, when I tried to ice skate, I failed. I didn’t know how to move at all and hugged the wall the whole time. Thankfully, some of the people there with me helped me. I had a person holding my left arm, a person holding my right arm, someone in front of me, and someone behind. It looked kinda like I was Santa’s sleigh and they were the reindeer. It was pretty pathetic and I got pretty frustrated. I didn’t fall very seriously at any point. I did go down a couple times but they all let me down slowly and helped me back up.

God has given me a weird ability to be able to find a Christian lesson in just about anything during daily life. So, a lesson was running through my head while I was on the ice.

Picture me as a new believer, the ice rink as the Christian life, and my friends there as the church. The second I step on to the ice rink is when I come to faith in Jesus. And now I have to navigate the waters (or in this case, ice) of being a Christian.

If no one comes to help me, I will not get anywhere. I will hug the wall the whole time, slip and fall, and bust my face open. But when the body of Christ comes and grabs a hold of me to help me learn how to do it, I will become stronger and be able to know what I am doing. If I fall, they can help me to go down slowly and then pick me right back up.

Christians, this is what the church is. Discipleship must be done as part of the church and so older believers must latch on to new believers to teach them how to be a Christian. If not, they will never grow up into maturity. They will grow only in years of being a Christian and be a 30 year old that looks like a baby.

Grab on to someone at church and teach them how to follow Christ. It’s the whole purpose of the church.

Why Your Prayer Life Isn’t Growing

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I don’t know about you, but sometimes, my prayer life is lame.

Lately, I have noticed that every morning when I pray, my prayer is typically the same thing. I don’t mean that I am repeating verbatim the same words, but I pray for the same thing every morning. Lately, this has been the format of my prayers:

-I start with some kind of praise statement based on the passage of Scripture I have just read.

-Then I pray for about four or five people in my life.

-Finally, I pray for a few things for myself, mostly that I will know and love Jesus more.

-I close by surrendering my life to Jesus and saying amen.

Sometimes, I find myself saying something at the end of my prayer. A feeling comes over me that my prayer life is lacking something and I say this:

“Lord, please help me to grow in prayer. In Jesus name, Amen.”

Then something hits me in the face.

If you want to grow in prayer…..you have to pray.

You can read all the books you want on prayer. You can do a deep Bible study on all the passages on prayer. You can watch 100 sermons on prayer.

But until you actually start praying, you can’t work out your problems in prayer.

You have to pray, in faith that while you are praying, God is going to teach you to pray better. The same that you can’t share the Gospel better without doing it, you can’t read the Bible better without doing it, you can’t preach better without doing it, you have to spend time in prayer for your prayer life to grow.

God understands that you are not perfect at prayer. He doesn’t expect you to be. But he does expect you to be seeking to grow in it.

Young, Restless, and Taking Ourselves Way too Seriously

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I am in my twenties. In our current world, that means I am dubbed a millennial. However, in the current Christian world, that means I am part of the generation of the Young and Restless movement.

The Young and the Restless movement consists of a lot of hipster young adults and overly-ambitious college students. In a nutshell, this movement is all about changing the world and doing really big things in mission. Hence they are called restless.

So these young, hip men and women are always found sitting around coffee shops reading books like David Platt’s Radical or Katie Davis’s Kisses from Katie. They are very adamant about the causes they are passionate about.

These people like to go to conferences and get really excited about movements. One example is the annual Passion conference in Atlanta, GA. I love Passion. I went in 2013. Half of my favorite worship songs come from Passion.

I don’t want to go to Passion again. It’s the same stuff every year. John Piper is going to preach a sermon that you barely understand, Francis Chan is going to cry, the band is going to sing a song with massive jumping and dancing, and they are going to get you to draw red X’s on your hand in order to release 27 million people from slavery.

People go to Passion to change the world. “By going to Passion, we are shining a light on slavery!” “We are going to save all those people from slavery before we die!”

No you’re not. There will be slavery until Jesus returns. No matter how many Instagram pictures you post of your red X, those people are still in slavery.

This is my hang up with the Young and Restless movement: We take ourselves way to seriously. We sit around coffee shops talking really passionately about things like ending slavery, but in reality, we never do anything about it, except give money to a cause. 99.99999% of us are never going to pull a Liam Neeson and save a slave from their captor. And if we do, we’d have to do it 27 million more times to successfully end slavery. We are just going to talk about why everyone else needs to.

I do have a friend in Germany as a missionary working with women in slavery, but most people are going to be used by God for mission in the context of where they live. Most of us are like Timothy (doing ministry in one spot) instead of Paul (traveling around).

The Young and the Restless have great passion and energy, but we need to realign our focus. We need to stop thinking so global/big picture for ourselves and think in our actual context. The Kingdom of God doesn’t operate like a tidal wave, pouring over the entire land all at once. According to Jesus, it operates like a seed. (Mark 4:3-8; Matt. 13:31-32)

Jesus calls us to make disciples. (Matt. 28:19) This happens slowly. We have to plant a seed and nurture it as it grows. No forest springs up over night. It takes decades, even centuries for a forest to reach it’s full beauty. The church of Jesus Christ does not consist of individual persons each building their own forest. It consists of a group of people working together to build one massive forest by each individually cultivating a few trees.

It takes a lot of time. You aren’t going to build a fully learned disciple over night. In fact, they won’t be fully developed until Jesus returns. (Phil 1:6) It is going to take a lot of time, a lot of energy, and a lot of meeting with that person to grow them as a disciple. This year is my seventh year being a Christian and I have grown exponentially since I chose to follow Jesus, but I still have more imperfections than I could list in this blog post. I still have to be cultivated and nurtured by other Christians to grow more.

So Young and Restless movement, I love your vision. Your passion to see things done for the Kingdom of God is great. But start putting words to your actions. Stop thinking extremely big picture and get down to your actual context. You are not going to obliterate modern day slavery or bring the entire nation of India to Christ in a single day. But you could make disciples of a few people in your life. These people will in turn make disciples who will make disciples who will make disciples and it will all spread.

Disciple making happens in small amounts. Jesus made 11 in his whole ministry, who each made disciples until the whole world was reached. So stop trying to change the world and start building the church.

Jesus doesn’t call us to be restless, but to be faithful. Truly being radical in your faith doesn’t mean you have to go across the world, though you can do that if you want. It means that you are fully surrendered to Jesus. Your heart is completely his. Whatever he says to do, you will do.

Let us lay down our restlessness at the feet of Jesus. He is standing in front of us saying, ““Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.”

8 Tips on Reading the Bible

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I want to be very clear with you.

Read your Bible.

If you claim to be a Christian, it should be unthinkable to not read your Bible.

I’m not forcing a rule on you anymore than I would be if I told you that you need to eat your dinner. If you don’t eat your dinner, you will starve.

If you don’t read your Bible, you will starve your spirit.

A Christian who has a Bible and doesn’t read it makes about as much sense as a husband who lives in different state than his wife and never communicates with her. He may be legally married, but he doesn’t know his wife. He might as well not be married.

In the same way, if you have a relationship with Jesus but never read the Bible, you might as well not have a relationship with him. The Bible is how God speaks to us. You can’t ask God to speak to you and not read the Bible.

But more than that, you will not grow as a Christian if you don’t read it. When you come to faith in Jesus, you are “born-again.” Therefore, you are a newborn baby in Christ. Now, you have to feed yourself through the Bible and grow in him to become an adult, and continue growing after that.

If you’ve been a Christian for a while now and you are still a baby in the faith, it’s probably a bad sign. It’s probably a sign you haven’t been reading the Bible, praying, and seeking Christ in your life.

The most important part of my day is when I wake up in the morning, because I rise and I open the Word. I read it and listen for God to speak. And he begins to work on me like a surgeon on his patient. I have a problem: Sin. God, the Great Surgeon is repairing me one day at a time and that repairing usually happens as I am in the Word.

So, if you don’t usually read the Bible, do it right now. Read the tips I have below for Bible reading, close the Internet, and open the Bible.

Here are some tips that really help me in Bible reading.

1. Discipline yourself

You’ve got to make yourself do it. Some days I wake up excited to read the Bible. However, some days, I really don’t want to do it. I’d rather surf the web or watch TV. But reading the Bible is a spiritual discipline. You have to discipline yourself to do it, no matter how you feel.

2. Always have it with you

I try to always have a copy of God’s Word with me. It’s usually one of the things I leave the house with. If I don’t have a physical copy with me, I have about 4 different Bible apps on my phone that I can use. So, if I am out and I get free time, I can read the Word. If I end up in the waiting room at the mechanic or the hospital, I can read the Word. If I show up for a lunch meeting early or the person I am meeting is running late, I can read the Word.

3. Don’t make it a one time a day thing.

I try to read the Bible more than one time a day. I always read it in the morning. I have certain portions of the Bible that I am always going through, so I spend time in that during the morning. But as I have grown in my love for the Word, I am constantly making mental notes of things that I’d like to study. Sometimes, I spend a little time in it during the afternoon. And then, usually, I open it up at night, read a Psalm, and meditate on it before going to bed.

4. You have time

Some don’t read the Bible because they don’t have time. This has even been an excuse of mine before. However, recently, I examined if I really don’t have time and my conclusion was shocking. After doing the math, I found that I have 82 hours free during a week! The truth is, we have a lot of free time, we just waste it. We allow hours to go by looking at our phone, watching television, keeping up with fantasy sports teams, or studying things that are less important. If we snap out of it, we realize that we have a ton of time to read the Bible, we just spend it on other things.

5. Meditate

Don’t just read the Bible. Think about what you read. I used to read a lot of the Bible and spend very little time thinking about it. I thought I accomplished something with God because I got 10 chapters of the Bible read in the morning. But I really didn’t digest any of what I read. Now, I usually read a chapter or two and then just sit and think about the passage, asking myself questions about it. What does it say about Jesus? What does it say about sin? How does it apply to me? How does it apply to this current situation in my life? The same that you would take time for your food to digest before getting in the swimming pool, let what you’ve read in the Bible digest.

6. Memorize

I love Romans 8. In my senior year of college, I set out to memorize the whole chapter. And I did it. Do you know what I realized when I memorized it? I understood it better. I don’t know how memorizing it helped me to understand it, but it did. Suddenly, parts were clear to me that hadn’t been before. As you read through the Bible, pick out passages that really speak to you and memorize them. There is a great app that I use to memorize called Scripture Typer.

7. Pray through it

As you read the Bible, you should pray as well. I typically read a couple chapters in the morning and then center a good portion of my prayers on the passage that I read. For example, this morning, I read Luke 15, the story of the prodigal son. So a good portion of my prayer time was praising God for being a God who saves and rejoices at the repentance of a sinner. I am a sinner, so it brings me joy that he does that. Use Scripture to mold your prayers.

8. Don’t use substitutes.

There are a lot of good books out there about the Bible. I have two bookshelves full of them. As much as I love Francis Chan or David Platt, none of their books can be a substitute for the Bible. I can read them in addition to the Bible, but never by themselves. You can’t spend your time with God by reading a John Piper book. It needs to be the Bible itself. There are a lot of good devotional books out there that have a verse at the top on a page and then a text from the author about that verse. Don’t even use those just by themselves. It is like eating fast food instead of a home cooked meal. You won’t get the spiritual nutrients you need.

There is no substitute for opening the Bible, reading it, listening for God to speak, and allowing him to work on your heart.

Christian Role Models Aren’t Enough

Get ready. There is a new Christian superhero on the horizon. She came in second place in Dancing with the Stars. She has a new line of prom dresses coming out soon. Her name is Sadie Robertson.

It something weird that us Christians do. I see it a lot as a seminary student. We are far too easily pleased with seeking role models. Whether it is Sadie Robertson, the others from Duck Dynasty, Kirk Cameron, John Piper, David Platt, or any other, we look at humans and measure ourselves by that standard.

Let me first say that it is not bad to read books by people like Piper or Platt. They can actually be very edifying and can teach you a lot. The problem comes when these guys make us more excited than the message they preach.

As a seminary student, I see this a lot. Some guys take certain classes just because they have a weird man-crush on the professor. Some dress in certain ways that match that of a professor on campus. Some quote certain people as much as they do the Bible. So what ends up happening is that Christians are trying to be like other Christians instead of like Jesus.

I did this myself a couple years ago. I liked John Piper, his books, and his teaching so much that you could see it in sermons that I wrote. I once preached a sermon on the book of Philippians titled “Serving and Suffering yet Always Rejoicing.” I preached what Piper preaches and even quoted him a couple times. It was a train wreck.

It’s not enough when we try to imitate other Christians. Why? They fail. We raise celebrity Christians up to a higher level, even though they are of equal standing before God. We study every detail of their lives. Then, when they screw up, it goes viral. Remember Mel Gibson getting in trouble a little bit after shooting The Passion of the Christ? People looked at that and called him a hypocrite.

Maybe you say, “but what about Paul? He told the Corinthians to imitate him as he imitates Christ.” (1 Cor 11:1) Yes, but the Corinthians knew him. In fact, Paul planted the church at Corinth. He wasn’t a Christian celebrity to them; he was the founder of their church.

I’m going to guess that you probably don’t know Sadie Robertson, John Piper, or Kirk Cameron. You don’t see their life and know how they live out their faith day-to-day. I’m sure they do it faithfully, but you only see the face that is broadcast. You don’t see their failures and how they treat their family and friends. You can’t really imitate them then, can you. You can only take a sermon about being satisfied in Jesus so far in daily application. I’m sure John Piper lives that out in his life, but you don’t know what that looks like.

In truth, there is only one person that you should model your life after: Jesus. We have to model our lives after him. He is the one who never fails. We can clearly see how he lived his life from the Gospels and the rest of Scripture. So we have to be in the Word and see who he is and seek to follow him. No one else is enough.

Paul would say the same thing today that he said to the Corinthian church.

“Some say, ‘I follow Piper’ and others ‘I follow Robertson’ and others ‘I follow Platt’ and others ‘I follow Christ.’ Is Christ divided? Was Piper crucified for you? Or were you baptized in the name of Robertson?”

Rethinking Christian “Fellowship”

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I’ve been to a lot of “fellowships” in my time as a Christian. Super Bowl fellowships. Swimming fellowships. Basketball fellowships. Disney fellowships. Movie fellowships. Halloween fellowships.

They were all great and I had a ton of fun. Some of my best friendships were built at those. But I don’t know if we can call it a fellowship. Sure, it was Christians hanging out together, but we weren’t doing anything related to our faith. We were watching sports and eating chicken wings. We were dressing up like Disney characters or superheroes. We were watching the Hunger Games.

Christians often say things like, “I am going to the restaurant with you all, but I’m not going to eat. I’m just going for the fellowship.”

I’m not sure the Bible has this kind of mentality on what fellowship is. I’m not sure fellowship in the Bible is the same thing as hanging out with people.

They were continually devoting themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer.” -Acts 2:42

“We who had sweet fellowship together walked in the house of God in the throng.” -Psalm 55:14

Therefore if there is any encouragement in Christ, if there is any consolation of love, if there is any fellowship of the Spirit, if any affection and compassion, make my joy complete by being of the same mind, maintaining the same love, united in spirit, intent on one purpose.” -Philippians 2:1-2

Don’t get me wrong. I think it’s important to hang out with people outside of “Jesus settings” but fellowship is something much deeper than watching the Super Bowl. Fellowship is deeper family time in which brothers and sisters strive to lead each other farther in Christ and grow in him.

Think about it. If you are trying to have fellowship with Christ, you don’t just sit in your living room and say you are hanging out with Jesus. You spend time in the Word. You spend time in prayer. You sing praises. Likewise, the Bible describes Christian fellowship in that way.

“speaking to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody with your heart to the Lord; always giving thanks for all things in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ to God, even the Father; and be subject to one another in the fear of Christ.” -Ephesians 5:19-21

Let the word of Christ richly dwell within you, with all wisdom teaching and admonishing one another with psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with thankfulness in your hearts to God.” -Colossians 3:16

 and let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good deeds, not forsaking our own assembling together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another; and all the more as you see the day drawing near.” -Hebrews 10:24-25

Again, I think it is good for Christians to hang out with one another. I do it all the time. But let us seek for our “fellowship” to be more than eating chicken wings and watching television, barely talking because we are caught up in the action on the screen.

Rather, let our fellowship be a time when we encourage one another, build one another up, gracefully get in each others’ faces, and discuss Jesus. All of this so that those in the fellowship can grow to know Jesus and love Jesus more.

When Your Faith is as Dry as the Desert

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There are few things I hate more than those times in my life when I am in a dry season in my Christian walk. I think I’d rather have a serious head cold than be in one of them.

I just finished my first semester of seminary and during this previous semester, I experienced more dry seasons than I think I ever have. You probably think that is weird, in that I am constantly around Christian people and hearing Christian truth. But don’t forget about your cell phone. If you leave your cell phone on charge for four months, its battery is going to hold a charge for a couple minutes and die. It took in way too much energy and was never able to use it’s energy.

So has been my case at seminary. Being in a new city, I haven’t had much chance to pour out in ministry because I don’t really know the city yet and I am not heavily involved in my church just yet. I have a job on campus, I mostly eat on campus, I do homework on campus, and I live on campus, so I really have no reason to leave campus. Aside from Sunday morning worship, I tend to be on campus the entire week. Even if I were to go off campus, I don’t know what I’d do. Go sit on a bench in the park and wait? Go sit in a coffee shop and watch people around me? How do you do ministry in a new city by yourself?

Psalm 42 makes two statements:

As the deer pants for the water brooks, so my soul pants for You, O God. My soul thirsts for God

Why are you in despair, O my soul? And why have you become disturbed within me? Hope in God, for I shall again praise Him for the help of His presence.

In the same Psalm, the Psalmist says he thirsts for God, but he is having trouble with the health of his soul. Is that how you feel in your walk with Jesus sometimes? It’s my story all the time.

I constantly know in my mind that I want to love Jesus, seek him, and follow him. That rarely leaves my mind. But a lot of the time, my heart and my soul don’t feel like it.

What do you do during those times? How do you overcome it?

You keep pressing on. You fight with everything you have and don’t back down. It won’t be easy. It will likely feel like the most unnatural thing you could experience. Your flesh isn’t going to feel like seeking the Lord. It is unnatural for the flesh to want Jesus. So in those dry seasons, you keep pursuing Jesus, thirsting after him, and offering your heart up to him until the Spirit overpowers your flesh.

When that happens, the waterfall of the richness of Jesus will flood the desert that is your faith and vegetation will begin to grow again.

Sanctification in Construction Work

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I wake up in the morning. The sun is shining through the window, but that isn’t what wakes me up. It’s not even my alarm that wakes me. It’s the sound of construction on the floor below me. My dorm was probably built about the same time as the Roman Colosseum, so it’s pretty old. And they decide the year that I come to seminary to update it. So, every day it sounds like a jackhammer is trying to pelt through my floor.

Before I started seminary, I was a groomsman in one of my best friend’s weddings. The wedding was about an hour from my seminary city, so I left at the reasonable time to get there for the rehearsal dinner. That was a mistake, because I ran into road work….that spanned for what seemed like the entire country of Russia. I moved about 2 miles in an hour. I listened to an entire CD and could still see some of the same things that were around me when it started. They had already rehearsed once without me by the time I got there.

When I was in college, they decided my junior year to remodel the main building on campus, which caused my tuition to increase, but they told us that the building wouldn’t be finished until after we graduated. So, I funded a project that I never saw.

What do all these stories have in common? Construction work. I hate seeing unfinished work. I hate getting stuck in traffic in a construction zone.

But I think about construction work and I actually learn a great spiritual lesson from it. There will always be construction work in the world. Things are always going to be needing repair or updating. Things are like that because of sin.

And I am a construction project. When God created the universe, it was good. Then Adam and Eve sinned and that damaged God’s creation. Death and destruction entered the world and now everything goes bad. But then Jesus came into the world. Sin entered the world when man disobeyed God at a tree. In a reverse effect, Jesus took the sins of the world on himself and allowed himself to be nailed to a tree. He died on that tree, rose from the dead, and now new creation has begun. All who believe this story begin a journey in which God is remaking them. He is in the process of restoring all things to what they once were, one person at a time.

We call this sanctification in the church. The process in which God remakes a Christian out of their sin into the image of Jesus. This will all finish when Jesus returns and Christians are resurrected into the form that Jesus was when he walked out of the tomb. Now, if anyone is in Christ, he is new creation. (2 Corinthians 5:17)

Now, Jesus stands over the creation saying, “Behold, I am making all things new.” (Revelation 21:5)

So, as much as I hate the inconvenience of construction work, it reminds me of the work that is going on in me and in the world as God recreates the world back into what it was originally.