Under Construction

1.      (Watch the 1st video below) What did y’all think about that? What stood out to you?

We should never get to a point in our walk where we feel like we’ve reached our destination. We will always be under construction because God is always working on us about something we do that He doesn’t like. If something is under construction, it means that it’s being built, and it’s being worked on. Whatever it is that’s getting worked on is being made pretty, made nice, something people can use and will like.

2.      What’s one thing that God has revealed to you about yourself that He doesn’t like?

I’ve realized that I can be lazy sometimes and then God revealed to me that I can be selfish too. It’s like once you feel like you’re doing well, God stops you in your tracks and let’s you know there’s more gunk in your life that He needs to get rid of. We are all infected and impure with sin. When we put on our prized robes of righteousness, we find they are but filthy rags. (Isaiah 64:6) 

A lot of times change looks unfamiliar and it’s important to trust God as He leads your life. We can’t say we’re trusting God, but still be worried. Trust and worry can’t coexist. When you allow God to lead your life, but don’t trust where He’s taking you, it just looks like you’ll end up at a dead end, but we need to remember that God knows our future better than we do. We’re the ones that lead ourselves to a dead end when we don’t allow God to lead our life.

Joshua 3

(Joshua 3:2- On the third day officers went through the camp giving these instructions: “When you see the priests carrying the Ark of God, follow them. You have never been where we are going now, so they will guide you) “You have never been where we are going now” which means change and they had the priests to guide them.

Isaiah 43

(Matthew 18:1-4- About that time the disciples came to Jesus to ask which of them would be greatest in the Kingdom of Heaven! Jesus called a small child over to him and set the little fellow down among them, and said, “Unless you turn to God from your sins and become as little children, you will never get into the Kingdom of Heaven. Therefore, anyone who humbles himself as this little child is the greatest in the Kingdom of Heaven.) When it’s time to go somewhere kids are excited and they may ask some questions, but they still trust their parents. We need to be like kids and be humble not thinking we know what’s best for ourselves, but that God does. 

Everyone knows a person who claims to be a Christian and they have cliché sayings like “I’m a good person, God knows my heart” or “I’ll repent after” but sorry is nothing without change. A synonym for sorry is repentance which is sincere regret or remorse. So many people believe that because they’re a good person it means that they’re going to heaven, but even Jesus let us know that that’s not true. (Luke 18:19- “Do you realize what you are saying when you call me ‘good’?” Jesus asked him. “Only God is truly good, and no one else.) (Romans 3:10- As the Scriptures say, “No one is good—no one in all the world is innocent.”) God’s standard of good and the world’s standard of good are two different things. Being good and being godly are not the same. (Isaiah 57:2- For the godly who die shall rest in peace.) It doesn’t say the good who die, but the godly. (Titus 1:15-16- A person who is pure of heart sees goodness and purity in everything; but a person whose own heart is evil and untrusting finds evil in everything, for his dirty mind and rebellious heart color all he sees and hears. Such persons claim they know God, but from seeing the way they act, one knows they don’t. They are rotten and disobedient, worthless so far as doing anything good is concerned.)

Titus 2:6-15

(Titus 2:12- and along with this gift comes the realization that God wants us to turn from godless living and sinful pleasures and to live good, God-fearing lives day after day) This means that before salvation you’re living a sinful life without God and after salvation you’re living a life committed to God.

Titus 3:4-8

I googled godly and it said a godly person is deeply religious and shows obedience to the rules of their religion. Unfortunately, many people don’t know that being religious will not get you into heaven.

3.      What’s the difference between religion and a personal relationship with God?

Being religious means you follow a bunch of rules, but a personal relationship with God means that because you love Him you do what pleases Him.

1 John 2:1-17

Matthew 23

Matthew 7:21-23- “Not all who sound religious are really godly people. They may refer to me as ‘Lord,’ but still won’t get to heaven. For the decisive question is whether they obey my Father in heaven. At the Judgment many will tell me, ‘Lord, Lord, we told others about you and used your name to cast out demons and to do many other great miracles. But I will reply, ‘You have never been mine. Go away, for your deeds are evil.)

4.      (Check out the 2nd video below) What did y’all think about that? What stood out to you?

As Christians we must always be ready for change. This world is evil, and society tells us that a lot of things that are wrong are okay. We literally must change our whole mindset after we get saved. (Romans 12:2- Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.) 

Change is a good thing. Caterpillars aren’t the most appealing thing, but when they go under construction they come out as a beautiful caterpillar. (Revelation 22:14- Blessed forever are all who are washing their robes, to have the right to enter in through the gates of the city and to eat the fruit from the Tree of Life.) (Psalms 51:7- Sprinkle me with the cleansing blood and I shall be clean again. Wash me and I shall be whiter than snow.) Ask yourself: Am I allowing God to work on me and cleanse me so that I will be pleasing in His sight. 

This is just a reminder that going under construction is a good thing, it may not feel like it at the time, but God is molding us to be the men/women that He created us to be. The best of you is yet to come.

5.      What did you get out of today’s lesson?