Build Internally Well
I once read (paraphrasing) that you are always becoming something and God is concerned about what you are becoming. These words strike a nerve because they act as a reminder for us to keep check of ourselves: heart, mind, emotions, character… OUR NATURE.
Like any other human being in life, there are times when I completely forget my nature. Life doesn’t go according to plan and I begin “acting up”. However, over the years God has begun to unveil that my acting up is because there is a malfunction on the inside of me. That there are things that I am externally saying are healed but are actually internally still bleeding. That light is not penetrating everything. This will be noticed individually and pertain to each person emotionally, spiritually and mentally.
Remember, God is concerned about ALL of us and not just parts of us. He wants the whole package! As we have already entered into 2018, let us make sure that we are building ourselves internally strong. As a builder builds a house, it must be built on strong foundations with the correct materials, otherwise, it will not last.
“Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock. But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash.”
Matthew 7:24-27 (NIV)
Let us remember that we are not just building our lives, but we are actually building our nature. What is being built must last! Our external building should be a reflection of the same healthy internal building (our inside should match our outside). Yes, this can take a while, but this is why we call it a “process”.
Let us find courage through the grace of God to look at ourselves in the mirror daily (internally and externally) and face our good and not so good nature to only hope that our good nature outshines any not so good nature we may have. Let us receive the truth about what is happening and be encouraged to change it if need be.
We mustn’t be afraid to check our thoughts, behaviours and words; especially those that have slipped through the net, and ask God to help us deal with them. We must remember and rely on God’s grace to give us the courage to look and receive what is going on in our nature. He will show us the truth, we just have to be brave enough to trust Him and accept it.
Connect with God and those who give wise counsel. Make sure that in all our building for our lives that we have a healthy, good internal nature to match.