- Church Lane East,
- GU11 3ST
This devotional thought appears on the front page of the May 2018 edition of Park Life magazine.
For nearly all of my adult life I have been in and around engineering projects of some sort. While the products may vary considerably in nature the means of getting to the end result tends to be the same, and the same issues related to project planning, project control and engineering process issues rear their heads over and over again. At the end of a project, there is usually a time of reflection for lessons learnt along the way and we ask the question, "If we had to do it all again what would we do different?" We highlight the good but of course it is avoiding the disasters that are in the forefront of our minds. You would have thought by now that having gone through this loop many times that product creation is a streamlined affair in most industries, but it is not so. New products themselves bring new components and technologies, and those have new challenges to master - this is expected and manipulating those complexities is what engineers are for, but what always gets in the way of a smooth project development is the human element. Always! It is the way we go about making decisions that "make or break” a project.
And so it would seem to be the case with the Church. Of course we are not talking about any physical structures (although in Park's case we have had our moments!), rather the collective group of believers who, to quote the apostle Paul “are being built together to become a dwelling in which God lives by his Spirit." (Eph 2:22)
Without doubt it is God who is building the church. He is the Master Builder. But the most amazing thing is that He, the Holy Spirit, does not merely use individuals as passive building blocks, but involves us in the building process itself. Think about that for a moment. lf you were building a house would you use bricks with a mind of their own? Would you let them loose on their own construction? Not my first choice if there is a schedule to keep and a particular goal in mind! The different opinions on direction, organisation, mission, and priorities are bound to cloud vision, create confusion and cause the project to move along at a snail’s pace. Then throw in a mix of completely different personality types to really gum up the works. Humanly speaking it's amazing the church has made it this far! And yet this is how God chooses to build.
It is little surprise, then, that Paul in the next verse turns to prayer. Eph3:1 continuing in v14 " i kneel before the Father, from whom his whole family derive its name...” Paul goes on to pray for the inner workings of our collective relationship with God, which is centred on (and by) the love of Christ. This is the primary "cement" in the building. The bigger picture of the church is not in our hands but at the local level our responsibility is to be centred on Christ and deepening our relationship with Him. Then we will be more effective “bricks” in the Master’s hand.
This way He "is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to the power that is at work within us” Eph 3:20
Past Focus Items
April 2018 - Togetherness
March 2018 - The Beauty is in the Present Moment and in the Seeing
January 2018 - Moving On
December 2018 - Christmas Lights
November 2017 - Autumn
October 2017 - The Red Box
September 2017 The Way Ahead - Part 2
July/August 2017 - Summertime
June 2017 - Steering the Boat
April 2017 - Change Ahead
March 2017 - One Way - Jesus
January 2017 - Beyond the Fog
December 2016 - Be Still and Know that I Am God
November 2016 - Autumn
October 2016 - Questions
September 2016 - Olympic Values
July/August - Follow the Leader?
June 2016 - Passports and Priorities
April 2016 - The Power of Love
March 2016 - Giving Up For Lent
February 2016 - What's At The Core?
January 2016 - The New Year
November 2015 - Back to the Future
October 2015 - Autumn
September 2015 - Standing in Their Shoes
July/August 2015 - Summertime
June 2015 - Free Gifts
March 2015 - Another Brick in the Wall
February 2015 - Distance Management
January 2015 - Changing Perspectives