The House That God Builds
Post By: Erin Jones | Director Of Ministries | C3 Church | @ErinAJones
Recently I transitioned on our staff from being our Lead Pastor’s Personal Assistant to helping lead and oversee our Ministry Staff. While I know that God had prepared me for this transition, the days of wanting to run away or go back to what was easy have been ever present. I’ve heard Joyce Meyer say, “New level, new devils,” and I would have to agree with her.
Early on in my transition, I found myself questioning God and His calling for my life. I cried out to Him, “What are you doing here and why can’t I see you in this?” I felt the Holy Spirit simply answer, “I called you.” I said, “I know you called me God, but I don’t understand this,” to which He gently but quickly replied, “Then trust me.” I began reading 2 Peter 1:
“…Grace and peace be yours in abundance through the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord. His divine power has given us everything we need for a godly life through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness…
…For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; and to godliness, mutual affection; and to mutual affection, love. For if you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.”
I made a list of each attribute laid out in the scripture; faith, goodness, knowledge, etc., and began breaking down each one. To build faith, I have to trust and believe without doubting, remember what God has done for me, stand on His promises, read His Word and pray, etc. To show goodness that would mean serving others selflessly, making rights choices, being kind and understanding. Gaining knowledge means to study and meditate on His Word. I continued with each one of these and the list grew, each one building on the other like a house on a firm foundation. The bottom line is neither I nor anyone else, can help build God’s house if my house (my inner being) isn’t built well and on a firm foundation.
No matter our gifting and what we feel “called” to do, if our character and the core of who we are isn’t solidified on the one who created us, we will never maintain or reach our full potential in Christ.
He’s called each person for a purpose. Allow Him to prepare you, grow you, discipline you and promote you. He promises if we make every effort to work on these things, we will be effective and productive in our knowledge of Him AND we will have grace and peace IN ABUNDANCE! The prize is worth the work.
Just for fun, here’s just a quick snapshot of what it looked like as I begin to dig into this list: