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 Building a new life. New Construction versus Re-Construction

In the world of construction there are many different types of
buildings. New Construction means something where
previously nothing existed and re-construction means to. take
something that exists but has been destroyed or damaged and put it
back together again.The irony of being born again is that both of these types: of
building takes place.

Let us consider new construction. When the builder finds a piece
of land there are literally hundreds of steps to. take before a
structure will appear. The land itself must be surveyed. When the
appropriate site has been found , access to that site has to. be
determined, Is there appropriate roads and highways nearby? Is
their utilities and sewer lines that can be hooked into to. Sometimes
there are, many times there are not. If there are, then this makes life
simpler, if there are not, then the task is still possible, just more
difficult and expensive, more of an investment win be required.
Perhaps someone is completely unchurched, this will require much
more of an investment by the one who. is:helping to build. If
someone has a church background then perhaps it will be easier to.
hook them in to existing "utilities."

The next step is to clear vegetation including weeds and topsoil, It is
necessary to clear the land of these weeds and vegetations because
when the foundation is laid, these elements can seriously damage
even the strongest of foundations. Once this is accomplished, then
the dimensions, or footprint, is marked out and excavations begin.
Deep trenches are dug to carry sewer pipes and other-utilities, then
the foundation itself is laid. All of this work that has just been
described is the process of a man or woman coming to Christ for
the first time. You might come to Christ when you are 26 or 31 or
whatever age, but the "builder," has been doing the work from the
beginning of time. And of course, when the structure is complete,
then only that which is above ground can be seen by anyone.

Re-construction happens when something goes wrong with a
building that already exists. Perhaps a fire or a flood, earthquake or
tornado caused major damage but left something of the building.
Re-construction can also take place when someone decides that
they are not happy with what exists and they want to change it.
The scriptures tell us that "unless the Lord builds the house then
we labor in vain." What happens often in the lives of Christians is
that they are presented with beautiful foundations, sure foundations
that will never fail but they proceed to build rickety structures,
using poor materials. They build the house themselves. They build
religious structures. They take previous blueprints, popular
blueprints, and use them to build their house. In the kingdom of
God, every single house is different, unique. The architect never
produces the same house twice. Just like your fingerprints, there
are no two similar structures in the kingdom of heaven. Therefore,
most of the houses that we construct on top of the excellent
foundations of Christ, have to be tom down and reconstructed.

Reconstruction is always harder and more expensive that new
construction. Better to be built correctly in the first place than to
have to undergo major renovations. Yet, this is the common
experience of most Christians, if you are fortunate. If you decide to
yield to the builder then He will come along and He will rebuild
you in the image that He has fOFYOU. This win be a painful
experience and many things will have to be cut off and broken. It
win take courage and faith to yield to the blows of the master
builder as he corrects and re-creates. Consider what Phillip
Brookes wrote at the turn of the century .

"Slowly, all through the universe, that temple of God is
being built. Wherever, in any world, a soul, by free-willed
obedience, catches the fire of God's likeness, it is set into
the growing walls, a living stone. When, in your hard fight,
in your tiresome drudgery, or in your terrible temptation, you
catch the purpose oEyour being and give yourself to God, and
so give Him the chance to give Himself to you, your life -- a
living stone - is taken up and set into that growing wall.
Wherever souls are being tried and ripened, in whatever
commonplace and homely ways, there God is hewing out the
pillars for His temple. Oh, if the stone can only have so~e
vision 9f the temple of which it is to. be a part forever, what
patience must fill it as it feels the blows of the hammer, and
knows that success for it is simply to. let itself be wrought
into what shape the Mast~r wills .
... Phillips Brooks (1835-189-3), The Law of Growth [19021

So I would say that the necessary steps and elements in a persons
life for new construction and re-construction are
1. Yielding to God Himself.
2. Having an awareness that God is in control.
3. Having the courage to look into the mirror.
4. Trusting God in all things, especially in times of trials.
5. Being able to see trials and tribulations as the building blocks of
the Christian life, seeing then as opportunities rather than attacks.
6. Choosing to be blessed in every situation rather that choosing to
be cursed.
7. Being obedient.

An men and woman who come to Christ are "New Construction."
We know this because the scriptures ten us that.

2 Cor S:17 So that if anyone is in Christ, that one is a new
creature, old things have passed away, behold all things have
become new.

Gal 6:15 For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision has
any strength, nor uncircumcision, but a new

So we are certainly New constructions in Christ but of course
we will try and build houses according to our own desires.
Our desires come from the old man, the flesh, the sin
nature and whatever we yield to that, must be torn down
and remodeled. This, in many ways, is tougher than
coming to Christ. For in coming to Christ we come as
babes. We are treated by the Lord as such and He feeds us
milk and He tends to our every needs. But babies have to
grow up. And it is in the growing that we make mistakes.
In the world we know this principal well. Often times we
will meet a young person who is wise beyond their years.
Then we find out that he or she had to "grow up quick. »
They faced adversity early and instead of going "off the
rails," they grew up quickly and are not often fooled by the
things of life. They are steady in the face of adversity, you
can rely on them, when everyone around them is "losing
their heads," then they are standing firm because they
have been here before and know that they can come
through it.

Christians are exactly like that, if they yield to the
circumstances of life and allow themselves to be "reconstructed
" by it then they too will stand firm, with
courage, in the face of adversity. They will grow and
become more Christlike and they will be leaders not
followers. People will follow them because they are
confident in the things of the Lord and they do not easily
yield to fear~

In conclusion, it is undoubtedly harder to "reconstruct," our
lives that it was to become a "new construction .." It is
harder because we make it harder. We know that in
becoming a new construction that the Lord had already
done all the hard work, it was only for us to reach out and
accept what He had already done. Yet, the key to
"reconstruction,' is the same as to new construction, we
must know and understand that He has already done that
too. He has the expertise, He has the desire and the ability
to reshape us into what He wants us to be, a unique
servant of Christ.............Frank

 2009/1/12 13:49

 Re: Building a new life. New Construction versus Re-Construction

Hi Frank,

I see I didn't post in this thread when it was new, but it spoke to me, and I saved the extract from Phillips Brooks. Every so often I read it, and am encouraged, and blessed to have come to the Lord under fiercely New Testament doctrine - so that this all makes a lot of sense. Thank you.

 2009/6/27 11:07

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