“But rejoice insofar as you share Christ’s sufferings, that you may also rejoice and be glad when his glory is revealed.” 1Pet 4:13
Our trials, suffering, problems are like layers of brick/stone being laid on the foundation of Christ to erect a temple that honors God until the temple is made complete (1 Cor 6:19-20). This is part of the process of sanctification. Laid on anyone or anything else and what we are erecting will not last. Each layer is designed and intended to serve a purpose and is not laid in vain as long as we look to Jesus, the Architect and Builder (Author and Perfecter – Hebrews 12:2). If we don’t, our trials will be meaningless until we do and there will be no joy in the midst of our trials (2 Cor 4:17-18). Each persons temple will be different and is designed and built by God to be that way. Many hands are required to build these temples and our temples are to be joyful vessels of light for all the world to see as his glory is revealed (1 Cor 12, Eph 4, Romans 12, 1 Peter 4:13). The problem is many want to cover up these layers, like with a synthetic stucco or plaster, or other facade or they want to try and lay all of the bricks themselves. Jesus’ crucifixion was not done in secret, covered up, for no one to see. Why do we always want to cover it up? Look back at the fall in the garden with Adam and Eve, they all of a sudden wanted to be covered up and felt guilt and shame.
“7 Then the eyes of both were opened, and they knew that they were naked. And they sewed fig leaves together and made themselves loincloths.
8 And they heard the sound of the LORD God walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and the man and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the LORD God among the trees of the garden.” Genesis 3:7-8
After Jesus’ resurrection the holes in his hands from the nails were still visible for all to see. Jesus’ trial was done in public for all to see. Now, he also wasn’t complaining or bellowing to others to get attention or notoriety from his mission. His intention was that his suffering would bring radical change to us, his beloveds, his children. We should all be mindful of that and our seeking and reaching out to others should be done with the same intention, to be radically changed, not just to go through the motions and stay the same or to receive attention, but approached with humility, willing to surrender and lay it all down. Jesus made a way for us to be uncovered without guilt or shame any longer. Our layers are woven and held together like mortar holds brick together and makes it stronger. Mortar is made of 3 things; water, sand, cement (Father, Son, Holy Spirit). The mortar is like the Word of God, when it is diluted in our lives then we crumble, as a person, marriage, society, nation. We need all 3.
“1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
2 He was in the beginning with God.
3 All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made.” John1:1-3
“When we modify the message of the cross in order to make it acceptable, we destroy the power of that message to truly save.” Rick Joyner, The Apostolic Ministry
What is the mortar being used in your life’s journey?
Are you letting Christ followers help you lay bricks, trying it all yourself, or even someone else who is possibly the wrong person(s)?
Are you at a place where you are willing to reach out today and get rid of the guilt and shame so the facade can be removed?
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