For He knows our frame;
He remembers that we are dust.
This article is for people who are frustrated with their current state. Jesus’ occupational background, besides, you know being the Savior of the world, was a carpenter—that is something we shouldn’t casually bypass. Christ specializes in the ability to see the discarded rocks that make up our own lives and is more than capable of being able to build something in us that is of great value. The materials that make up who we are don’t define the sum of the whole when put together by Jesus. We would all like our lives to be fully functional by the snap of our fingers, however the process of being built is where you find the artistry of God’s work and the true value that resides in us.
I had a friend visiting Chicago tell me they were proud of me, the irony of that comment is I am the most frustrated I’ve been in my entire life. They however are looking at what they see currently constructed and even though I know its not the finished product they have the vantage point to be able to know how much progress has actually been made. I wonder how many of us are so frustrated with where we are currently that we don’t take the time to be grateful that this project of our lives started with just a blueprint and from a blueprint to a bunch of tools and a mess to something that can be of value even if it’s not fully finished, however, I wonder also how many of us settle for a lessened version of ourselves solely because the process of being constructed is too heavy a task to willingly participate in. The irony is the work is being done for us, the difficulty is submitting to that which is being done.
Many people refuse to extract the greatness which has been deposited in them simply out of a poor self image. “Why would God want to use someone like me?” “Do you know where I come from?” etc., or others inability to see the value in what is being built. The beauty of God is that our past, present, or future mistakes don’t disqualify us from Him doing glorious things within our lives. He is greater than our doubt.
God called David knowing that David would murder a man after sleeping with that man’s wife. Jesus chose Peter and along their journey had to rebuke the devil out of him and redeem him after Peter denied that he ever knew Jesus (Peter also had a race issue, but that’s a blog for another day). Abraham is recognized as the father of faith, but was so fearful that on his initial journey he told his wife to tell the Egyptians that she was his sister to preserve his own life. Many greats of the Bible were being constructed along their journey to ultimately accomplish their purpose. In order to become like the greats we must be able to perceive the true blessing in constructive criticism. Anyone that would allow the building that is your life to remain faulty is someone who shouldn’t be allowed within the premises. A critique isn’t a rejection, and a delay isn’t a deny.
But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing. James 1:4
Oftentimes the painstaking nature of the process is what causes us to abandon the whole project. We look for the cheaper way to somehow accomplish an expensive task. We aren’t interested in the price of patience. I’ve said this to a lot of people over the years and it’s appropriate with Thanksgiving approaching and it’s that “You can’t put a turkey in the microwave” (at least not a whole one…day after leftovers however, a completely different story) Some things just take time to reach its full potential and the greater the purpose the more time it will take. Sometimes just when you feel that you have neared completion God informs you that He plans to add another room, or maybe allows you to see that there is leak in a pipe that needs attending to. Our work is never finished because He steadily desires to work in us.
With that being said sometimes I and I assume you as well want Him to leave us alone, we want to build our own thing or own way. Oftentimes the frustration of coming face to face with what you currently are and what you aspire to be is so daunting that it would seem more enjoyable to no longer be in the master craftsman’s hands. There’s a satisfaction guarantee to the work of Christ that makes the process worthwhile even though it seems challenging. Every single thing built on Him can withstand any test, whatever is built on anything other than that is bound to fall no matter how good it might look from the outside.
“Therefore whoever hears these sayings of Mine, and does them, I will liken him to a wise man who built his house on the rock: and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it did not fall, for it was founded on the rock.
“But everyone who hears these sayings of Mine, and does not do them, will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand: and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it fell. And great was its fall.”Matthew 7:25-27
It can be easy for us to become hasty in the appearance of our life looking good that we actually neglect to make sure our foundation is correct. Our life is to be inhabited by other people. People should be able to take a walk inside of our lives and feel blessed, encouraged, healed, considered, and related to. Those things can still take place even if you feel unfinished. Your strength isn’t in what you feel are your best qualities it is in whatever it is in your life that you’ve totally submitted to God. Don’t allow where someone else is to cause you to rush the very things that are meant to take time. Let your hope be in this
“that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ; Philipians 1:6
I like to believe that Jesus was so remarkable at building things that they are still in tact somewhere today. I heard a quote a few months ago that was profound, “That which is tested can be trusted.” The true value of something is in its ability to withstand adverse conditions. Don’t view life’s seemingly unbearable weights as a sign that you’re cursed, choose to take the view that you are strong enough to be trusted with the weight of God’s calling on your life. Being “under” means to be in a position that is below, being under construction takes a special humility that acknowledges that we in ourselves don’t have the answers for what’s best. It also affirms to God that we trust Him with the thing that is most valuable to Him and us, our lives.