Living in a construction zone

Philippians 1:1-6 (AMP) Paul and Timothy, bond-servants of Christ Jesus (the Messiah, the Anointed), To all the saints (God’s people) in Christ Jesus who are at Philippi, including the overseers and deacons: Grace to you and peace [inner calm and spiritual well-being] from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. I thank my God in every remembrance of you, always offering every prayer of mine with joy [and with specific requests] for all of you, [thanking God] for your participation and partnership [both your comforting fellowship and gracious contributions] in [advancing] the good news [regarding salvation] from the first day [you heard it] until now. I am convinced and confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will [continue to] perfect and complete it until the day of Christ Jesus [the time of His return].

What is your view of a construction zone? They are often not the places of peace and contentment. They are chaotic and dangerous. Most people say that they are slightly messed up places, dangerous places and often times unsightly places to look at. Construction zones have falling hazards. They are dirty, noisy, disorganized, confused, untidy, hectic and disgusting places.

What is your view of a construction zone?

To the architect’s perspective, they will say that the construction zone is beautiful despite all of the chaos going on. They envision the end product. They know what they are looking at is the process of progress.

1 John 3:2 (AMP) Beloved, we are [even here and] now children of God, and it is not yet made clear what we will be [after His coming]. We know that when He comes and is revealed, we will [as His children] be like Him, because we will see Him just as He is [in all His glory].

I am under construction and so are you. Contrary to what we may look like on the outside, we do not often times have it all together. You may look at me and my beautiful family and think that I have it all together. What you do not see and you do not understand is what you are seeing is a work in progress, a real live construction zone. There may be some hazardous materials that fall of with all the hammering and drilling going on. Be patient with me, God is not through with me yet.

Seven years ago a leak was found behind the wall of my kitchen sink. The sub-floor had gotten so wet that a complete gutting of my kitchen had to go under way into the adjoining eating area. They had to tear the sub-floor out and replace it. We were without a kitchen for nearly three months. The end result was a total transformation of what my house looked like when we bought it. That leak exposed areas so that improvements could be made.

Getting to the issue

It is okay to be in the process of progress. It is okay to be under construction. I am better than what I was, but I am not yet where I want to be. Truthfully, we are all in the process of progress. We are at different levels in the process. Our progress is going to be different!

Going back to our first scripture. Verse six, I am convinced and confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will [continue to] perfect and complete it until the day of Christ Jesus [the time of His return]. I know that I know that I know, that you will make it. You are going to be finished. We are under construction now, but we will be completed. It may seem like a long way off, but be encouraged that you will be finished. It does not appear yet what it will be. We have this promise, that is will appear, we will be like Him. We will see Him as He is. He has begun a good work in you and He will see it to completion!

Do you need prayer during this construction process you are at? If so, please message me at amanda@desiringformore.org. I would love to encourage you and pray with you.

After three months of construction!

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