RECONSTRUCTION 101

RECONSTRUCTION 101
By: Darrelyn L. Tutt

Reconstruction is messy.
If you're afraid to get your hands dirty,
You should keep your mouth out of it too.
Just a thought.
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Our beautiful home now has my signature all over it.
A soft "silver-fox gray" hue moves the eye softly from one room to the next.
The walls have been painted, the rooms decorated, and our home adorned by hands displaying my femininity, personality, and passions.
Books line the shelves and extend a personal glimpse into my hungry soul;
And my voracious reading appetite beckons guests to make a few discoveries of their own.
Mmmm ...
A home is such a good thing.
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But now hold my hand while I take you downstairs and show you an entirely different scene where we view destruction ... and reconstruction:
A sizeable portion of our cement floor has been jackhammered up and the debris of dirt and cement has formed a small Everest.
Existing cast-iron piping is exposed in order to add additional black plastic piping to it, in order for the addition of a bathroom to be added to our basement.
The process fascinates me and occupies my curious mind wonderfully.
I am learning so much;
I am also sufficiently supplied with labor.
My job is to carry out 5 gallon pails of weighty debris and employ my energy in the  reconstructive process in order to arrive at a favorable end.
My goal isn't to elaborate on the untidy mess, walk in circles around my husband and formulate comments on his dirty environment,
or to suggest that his efforts are worthless and his time a waste.
No ... that would be sickening.
Together, my husband and I labor on our home along with the help of others who have "constructive" advice, and a desire to help in contributing towards its end.
This is reconstuction,
This is how we build ...
And it is messy hard work.
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I think this analogy speaks to the spiritual reconstructive process called sanctification.
Sanctification, as I understand it more and more, is an ongoing reconstructive process inviting honesty and involving mess. 
Where individuals are laboring and inviting the reconstructive process to occur, God is in the midst, and there is plenty of work to be done and "shoulder" needed.
He is the One ultimately reconfiguring, restructuring, and remodeling the soul ... in order to make it more like His.
Conformity is the goal and it takes the work of a body to get there.
That's the Gospel truth and His blood is the signature verifying this reality.
Where individuals are not laboring and inviting the reconstructive process to occur, a like-minded company will also be discovered there. God will be removed from that presence and the folks in lip-sync with one another will wield the results of their personally employed labors ... minus the power of God.
It might look temporarily satisfactory but in the end it won't amount to much.
I'm a "blue collar Christian" and I'm learning that redemption is a blue-collar word.
It involves things like 5 gallon pails,
Mountains of debris,
And a steady supply of the empowering blood of Christ.
Hold my hand and work with me.
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"Being confident of this very thing; that He which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ."
Philippians 1:6