Life Under Construction

by | May 10, 2016 | Vital Men Devotions

vital-logo-overlay I write this today while I sit in exile. Well, ok, maybe “exile” is a tad bit extreme. I’m sitting in my favorite coffee shop {sipping some real great blueberry crumble coffee I might add} because one can hardly hear themselves think at our church right now as we are in the middle of a construction project. As our church continues to grow our facility needs to grow, which has led to this building expansion project. The crew is currently in the demolition phase, tearing out concrete, removing old carpets, and tearing off dated “wood” paneling. After the old is stripped away crews will begin constructing a fabulous new narthex, including an elevator, new restrooms, and plenty of fellowship space. It’s an exciting time in the life of our church as we grow and expand!

As I’ve heard the extremely annoying sound of jackhammers I’ve thought about the fact that we are all perpetually under construction. We are always learning, growing, and being shaped into better disciples of Christ. However, I fear many of us {myself included} get to a point where we begin thinking we have everything figured out. We’ve attended thousands of worship service, read shelves worth of Christian living books, attended countless Bible studies, and read thousands of daily devotionals. Not only that, but we’ve even been leaders and teachers in the church. Certainly we’ve reached the point where God has finished construction in our lives, and we have it all perfectly together, right? When you really think about it, the only moment in life when construction is complete is the moment we die and enter into God’s perfect heaven. Until that moment we are all in need of improvement, growth, and change. The problem is we seldom think that way.

Paul sums up the reality that we need to always be growing in our faith and practice in the book of Ephesians. He writes: until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ, so that we may no longer be children, tossed to and fro by the waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by human cunning, by craftiness in deceitful schemes. Rather, speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ. Ephesians 4:13-15

What are you doing right now to be growing? Do you have a mentor? Are you truly digging into scripture? Are you actively learning from others? Are you open to listening to new ideas and perspectives? Are you getting better at serving others? Until the day God calls us home we are tasked to constantly be growing as followers and disciples. What will you do to grow this week?

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