If you’ve ever watched a house being built, you know that blueprints are essential. Blueprints contain plans that fully describe the quality and specifications of the materials – including the foundation. The quality and strength of a foundation determines the quality and strength of everything built upon it. The same is true for Christian’s life. A Christ-Like life built on a sub-standard foundation will never reach God’s intended purpose.
Having purified your souls by your obedience to the truth for a sincere brotherly love, love one another earnestly from a pure heart… 1 Pet. 1:22
We are living in strange tymes in terms of how the church functions. We have been caught up with a fierce desire to find a way to relate to a culture that has been immunized to Christianity. We try to find new methods to reach the lost. The motivation is righteous, because we should have compassion for the lost. The danger comes when we ask the lost how they want to come into the kingdom of God, how they want to worship God, and how they want to hear God’s Word, and then tailor our method to their tastes and preferences. That is fatal. Sooner or later the church must come back to confidence in God’s way of doing God’s work, because the Bible does give us a blueprint for evangelism.
It gives us a blueprint for reaching the lost and for generating spiritual growth among the people of God. The blueprint is not a matter of rocket science or Madison Avenue technology; it is a blueprint that God guarantees will not be fruitless. It is accomplished by the method of proclaiming the Word of God, which, as Peter says here, changes lives and purifies souls through the power of the Holy Spirit.
Sometymes religion can become a road block to a meaningful spiritual life. One struggle many believers have is in trying to find the perfect religion. They go from one group to another trying to find God’s blue print for life. The problem is that no institution on earth has the complete blueprint of God. To begin with there is no such thing as the perfect religion. And secondly, Jesus said that His kingdom was not of this world. [It can’t be found in an earthly form.]
Every tyme I think I got it sorta figured out — what I’m supposed to be doing and how I can do it with a degree of joy, peace, and trust — it eventually comes.
Don’t get me wrong. I totally live it up and squeeze out the good tymes when they come my way. But, I know, life doesn’t stay that way. At least, not on this side of heaven. The trouble with trouble some say is part of God’s blueprints includes trouble that God uses trouble to grow us and make us stronger. I do understand that to some extent. God says His strength in us grows when we tire and grow weak. Maybe I’m splitting hairs when I say this… I don’t totally think that God puts trouble into our plans. I think God does His work in spite of the trouble.
When God designed us and our lives, I believe He accounted for the problems we’d come across — whether they come from us, others or events that happen to us. I view trouble, not so much as an ingredient in the blueprint.
Trouble is in the list of risks and environmental life factors that God took into account, when He constructed our blueprints. His plan for us is to succeed, so that we can stand up to the weight and fall of natural “life” disasters and stresses.
God has the blueprint for my life. But, I think it’s more of a blueprint for who He wants me to become, rather than what I’m actually doing.
Sometymes what I do matches with who He wants me to be, but it doesn’t always happen.
It takes tyme to learn how to live in kingdom life. A difficulty we often have is in reading our own belief system into the Scriptures. We read it that way because we want to believe it that way. This is called eisegesis, or “reading into.’ This form of reading can mar a person’s spiritual life. Rather than let God speak to our hearts, we rush through the Scriptures to bolster what we want to believe.
The proper way to read the Scripture is called exegesis, or “reading out of.’ To properly understand what a Biblical writer means when he uses a certain term, we have to understand how that term was used during his tyme. When John says,
“For of His fullness we have all received, and grace upon grace,” we need to know how the term ’fullness’ was used at that tyme. The word “Pleroma” means “that which fills,’ and it comes from “pleroo”, or, “to fill with content.”
Pleroma as used by the gospel writers had a two-fold meaning. It meant that believers have been brought into fullness in Christ’s sphere of life. In this case there is nothing we need to do to be any closer to God, than being “in Christ.’ This fullness of our sphere of relationship takes place in the new birth. It is not some later added spiritual experience.
This Greek word also means that believers are filled absolutely by the Person of Christ as the giver of life. No believer has more of Christ than another believer. It is here that we get the idea of Christ living out His life in us. The apostle said that the one who belongs to Christ is one spirit with Him.
And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not. Galatians 6:9
How do you see God’s blueprint taking form in your life?
Today’s post was inspired by Laura Boggess’ wonderful Blueprint post at High Callings Blog *Resources: Lawrence “Buddy” Martin, Aaron Armstrong, & Bonnie Gray