Who is ready for some spiritual remodeling?

hammer-682767 pixabayGrowing up with a dad that worked in construction gave me lots of opportunities to learn how the real world works. As a young boy, there were times dad would let me climb up in the truck and go with him as he was building custom homes. The process of watching a concept on a blue print turn into a finished home amazed me. As I grew up, my summers were often filled with working for dad and learning some of the trade myself. One such project I remember very well…

The summer was exceptionally hot in North Idaho, and Dad landed a job remodeling an old office. The building was in shambles, and throwing on a fresh coat of paint and some new carpet was not going to do the trick. We spent the first few days tearing into the structure and finding problems that ran deep. Many hours were filled smashing down walls with a sledgehammer. I was in heaven letting that hammer fly! With each wall that came down, though, another issue revealed itself. Major misalignment in the walls and sinking building corners revealed that the foundation of the building itself was in bad shape. The fact that previous builders tried to patch up the problem was evident, and no solution existed other than massive repair and replacement of the old foundation.

Most of that summer job I remember working on that old, run-down place. To restore that building, we had to start at the bottom and work our way up. From the moment we started this fixer upper, Dad talked about the importance of a good foundation. A patch job just wouldn’t cut it.

One of my favorite passages in Scripture talks about us repairing or building up the body of Christ. Paul’s words in Ephesians are NOT referring to a physical building like we tackled that summer. He was pointing to the spiritual body of Christ, the church. As disciples of Christ, part of our calling is to build up the body of Christ. We are given tools and abilities to accomplish that work. Ephesians 4:11-13 says,

11 He is the one who gave these gifts to the church: the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, and the pastors and teachers.

12 Their responsibility is to equip God’s people to do his work and build up the church, the body of Christ,

13 until we come to such unity in our faith and knowledge of God’s Son that we will be mature and full grown in the Lord, measuring up to the full stature of Christ.

Over the years, as I have walked with Christ, there have been times when I was building on the wrong foundation. I had built my life on broken things, or misguided truth. With the help of more mature believers, I realized that unless my foundation was Jesus Christ, the “building” would never stand.

Since that realization, God has used me to help others with the same issue. So, I want to challenge you today. If your life were a building, what foundation are you building on? Do you have corners that are weak or cracking because you are building your life on a different foundation? Is God using you to help others with their foundations?

Who is ready for some spiritual remodeling?

1 Comment »

  1. Good word Brandon. Thanks for sharing and thanks for the gut check. It’s also important to keep that foundation watered so it doesn’t crack over time. As a water salesman, I love my brands, but in this case I recommend the living kind 😉

    May our Lord Jesus continue to bless you and your family.

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