I guess I could lie to you — but lying never did anyone any good, so I won’t. It’s the truth that sets people free. So, I’m going to be really honest. I find myself spending so much of my time trying to recreate paradise — forgetting that Paradise was lost, and won’t be regained until I see Jesus face to face. Here’s the worst part: I try to recreate paradise without even realizing it. It’s like it’s my baked-in default strategy. Can you identify?
Psalm 127:1 is what I’m digesting these days. It just may be what the Great Physician ordered for you, too.
“Unless the LORD builds the house, its builders labor in vain. Unless the LORD watches over the city, the watchmen stand guard in vain.”
Life outside of Eden it’s really, really hard — even when I think it isn’t. That’s why I gravitate toward working in my own power — and the truth is that I don’t have what it takes — even when I think I do. I’m not alone in this struggle, am I?
It’s too easy for me to do things in my own power, without seeking God, without asking him for wisdom, strength, courage and humility. Realizing how serious a sin this is, I’ve begun, once again, to ask God to build my “house.” What about you? Is it time that you ask God to build your house, too?
“Is God building my house, or am I just hard at work, expecting his approval? Ouch. . .”
The fact is that I’m not a very good driver at all. I need God in the driver’s seat of my life, so I’m going to ask him to drive not just in the morning, but throughout my day.
Is God building my house, or am I just hard at work, expecting his approval? Ouch. That’s what’s hitting me these days, and I’m on my knees asking him to forgive and change me. More than that, I’m asking him, again, to build HIS house through me. I think there is a difference between asking God to build my house or his.
I’m pretty sure that when I see Jesus, I’m going to instantly understand that a good chunk of my life was spent doing things in my own power — not intentionally, but simply because I had so much to do! I don’t want to spend any more time working in my own power.
The truth is that I don’t have to do anything except what Jesus calls me to do. And the only thing he’s called me to do is . . . build His house. That’s what he’s called you to do, too.
HOW ARE YOU DOING? HAVE YOU BEEN TRYING TO RECREATE PARADISE OUTSIDE OF EDEN? ARE YOU ASKING TO BUILD HIS HOUSE THROUGH YOU?