Under Construction

By: Darrelyn L. Tutt

Construction projects are messy even in their best state.
Many years ago we remodeled our home with the desire to enlarge our bathroom and “open up” our dining room. Because old walls had to come down and new walls had to go up; my husband placed a heavy curtain around the area under construction in order to reduce the dust and dirt throughout the rest of the house and to keep us out of his way while he worked.
While I occasionally took a peak behind the curtain, there wasn’t really much to see; construction projects are like that.
The remodeling project took months to complete but once the work was done; the result was decidedly favorable and worth every messy moment in-between.
We had more space, more light, and a lovely interior.
Anyone who undergoes a remodeling project knows that in order to achieve a finished product; you have to deal with the mess accompanying construction.
This side of heaven, friend, we are all “under construction” and here is the rub:
We like finished products and finished people.
We like clean outcomes and well-ordered lives.
We don’t like lengthy projects or lives that require much assembly.
Few of us care to peak behind the curtain and get involved with the restoration of sinful lives but that’s exactly what Christ has called us to do.
We have been called to roll up our sleeves and share the good news of Jesus Christ in the midst of  sin’s chaos. We are told to get involved in the work of restoration and be the hands and feet of Jesus to messy, blotted, sin-stained lives.
*Similarly, He has called others to roll up their sleeves and get involved in our lives.
If this statement bothers you, you’ve perhaps forgotten your own messy state.
We are ALL under construction this side of heaven though we may be in different stages of restoration and development; we all effectively demonstrate the disclaimer,
“Under Construction.”
Roll up your sleeves and get involved, today, in what God is doing “behind the curtain” of someone else’s life and then remember to take time to thank Him for those who have rolled up their sleeves to get involved in yours.
End products are beautiful and amazing; what a wonder that God chooses, not only to restore us but to use us in the lives of others.
Be encouraged!

“Behold, Thou hast made my days as a handbreadth; and mine age is as nothing before Thee: verily, every man at his best state is altogether vanity. Selah.”
Psalm 39:5
“But we all are as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away.”
Isaiah 64:6