Take the Next Right: Under Construction

Kim CrabillBy Kim Crabill5 Minutes

Hey, friend. Today, you’ll need to put on your hard hat because we’re going to a construction site. Hello, everyone, and welcome back to Take the Next Right, the series that has literally taken the scriptures to the streets and the streets to the Scripture, to the highways and the byways all to see how God can strengthen our walk by using everyday road signs to guide our daily spiritual walk.

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Okay, I must confess, until I began preparing this topic, I had not considered how often the analogy of building appears in the Bible. For instance, 1 Peter 2:4 starts out, “As you come to Him, Christ, the Living Stone, rejected by humans but chosen by God and precious to Him, you also, like living stones, are being built into a spiritual house.”

Built. So what does that mean? When something is being built, it doesn’t just happen overnight, right? It’s a process. For a long time, a new construction can look really rough. It’s even hard to envision the finished product. But for most of us, even a recently poured foundation gives little information about what the rest of the house will look like.

A sign that says, “Under Construction,” whether it’s referring to a highway or a house, reminds us that what we see is not the finished product. In another Scripture, Colossians 2:6 and 7 we read, “Therefore, as you have received Christ Jesus, the Lord so walk in Him, having been firmly rooted and now being built up in Him and established in your own faith just as you were instructed and overflowing with gratitude.”

What Paul is doing is describing the building process for us. He says, the first stage of being under construction is receiving Christ. That’s the foundation on which everything else rests. Which by the way, have I ever shared with you how I began my relationship with Jesus? I was almost twelve and I had longed to know Him since being told about Him from a very kind woman in a cemetery. That’s right, a cemetery.

But anyway, not coming from a church family, I thought you had to be in church and so you can imagine my delight when, after two years of waiting, I was finally able to go into a church. Alone, I sat on the back pew, not knowing what to expect. But at the end, when the minister asked, “Does anyone want to begin the relationship with Jesus?” Well, yes, I inwardly declared.

The pastor went on with the instruction that he would pray and then, if anyone wanted, they could come forward and he would tell them how to meet Jesus. Friends, I was so excited that I could not wait a minute longer and when that poor pastor opened his eyes, I was right there. Looking back, I think I scared that man half to death, but by accepting Christ, the Bible tells me in 2 Corinthians 5:17 that I became new. And my new journey began.

This is the journey we’ve been talking about, the one for which Jesus has given us all these road signs to help us as we take the next right. Before we move forward, I’d like to ask you if you have made your decision to know Jesus. Jesus as easy as A, B, C. A, acknowledge your need for Him. Romans 3:23 says, “For we have all sinned and fallen short of the glory of God.” B, believe and receive Him. Understanding that while we were yet sinners, Christ loves us so much he demonstrated that love for us by living, dying, and was resurrected for us, according to Romans 5:8. And then C, tell people about it, confess Him and your new beliefs to others according to Romans 10:9 and 10.

Well, friends, thank you so much for joining me today. If you haven’t already, trust God with your heart. With that one decision, you’ll always have Him near to strengthen your walk.

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