August 4, 2008

Christ our Renovater and Preparer

My husband is a builder and architect, from idea to blueprint to the details and nails, so I love Bible references and writings about God being the true Architect and Builder and He seems to enjoy using this image in His Word to us. Hebrews 11:9,10 By faith he (Abraham) lived as an alien in the land of promise, as in a foreign land, dwelling in tents with Isaac and Jacob, fellow heirs of the same promise; for he was looking for the city which has foundations, whose architect and builder is God. Hebrew 3:4 For every house is built by someone, but the builder of all things is God. This quote from C.S. Lewis (Mere Christianity) is a lovely reminder concerning God's building project in us: “Imagine yourself as a living house. God comes in to rebuild that house. At first, perhaps, you 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 you are not surprised. But presently He starts knocking the house about in a way that hurts abominably, and does not seem to make 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 going to be made into a decent little cottage: but He is building a palace. He intends to come and live in it Himself.” Laurie's comment: (I think the awesome thing is that Christ lives in us while He is renovating! He does not wait until we are "finished" to come live in us!. This earthly dwelling and body is not our eternal home! One day we will be fit for a palace because He has made us fit! We have an Abiding City!) Ephesians 1:6... to the praise of the glory of His grace, by which He has made us accepted in the Beloved. Some lyrics (inspired by Thomas Kelley) from the song "Abiding City" by Sandra McCracken off of the cd, The Builder and the Architect Oh lift up your head For the day is near And we have no abiding city here A city filled with gold and light God the builder and the architect When our faith is turned to sight Oh I cannot imagine it

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