1 John 3:2, “Beloved, we are [even here and] now God’s children; IT IS NOT YET DISCLOSED (MADE CLEAR) WHAT WE SHALL BE [HEREAFTER], but we know that when He comes and is manifested, we shall [as God’s children] resemble and be like Him, for we shall see Him just as He [really] is.” (AMP)
You may say, “My life is beyond messed up right now!” And that may be true, but according to the Word of God: “Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not YET Appear What We SHALL Be…”
With that said, have you ever been to a construction site? It looks like anything but a building, doesn’t it? That’s because “…It Doth Not YET Appear What [It] Shall Be…” But bit-by-bit under the architect’s skilled supervision, bricks, beams, cement, wood, and beams all start taking shape. It doesn’t happen overnight, but over time. Which is why the word “yet” is so so vital to remember. It’s defined as “not now or referring to something that will happen in the future.” That alone should explain to you why you need to encourage yourself today. Because God Has Not Yet Finished What He Started in You! So don’t lose heart and give up in the middle of His process. Why? Because, His Word already guarantees you that it will happen! Listen: “…we SHALL [as God’s children] resemble and be like Him…” (AMP) The word “shall” is defined as “an expectation; a determination; something that is mandatory.” It’s synonyms are: “have to; must; need to; and will.” So, everything God promised that you are to become, rest assured you are becoming it! Not overnight, but over time, It WILL Happen, because God has already determined that it is mandatory!
The problem is, you haven’t accepted the fact that you’re simply in the Early Stages of Construction. The doors are not on or even up yet, there are no windows just holes where the engineer imagines they should be. There is no floor which is why you have men/women hanging from ropes and machines. There is no lights shining brightly because the electricity is non-existent right now. You can’t use the restroom because there’s no bathroom or even plumbing in place. And no matter what you’ve named it, the sign can’t go up because everything essential is still down! You my friend are in the Early Stages of Construction! And if you think about it, the Early Stages of a Construction Site are Always Messy! That’s why you have to ask the folks attached to your life not to judge you! You are either just starting or restarting, but either way don’t judge me based off my beginning…God’s not done with me YET! So, yes my site is messy! And messy areas are always dangerous areas because you never know what they’re covering up or what they’re getting ready to expose! Why do you think there are Warning Signs Everywhere?! (Ex: Danger; Construction Area; Authorized Personnel Only; No Trespassing; Warning; Keep Out; No Entry; Caution; No Access; Hard Hat Area; Falling Hazard)! In a nutshell: It’s a Dangerous Place! Anything is Liable to Happen because its’ Foundation Isn’t Even Intact Yet! And when a Foundation Isn’t Intact, Everything Around It Is Vulnerable to Injury! And “vulnerable” is defined as “susceptible to physical or emotional attack or harm; easily wounded or damaged; unsafe; prey; weak; frail; disarmed; indefensible.” Meaning, many of the people who will get hurt by wondering on your construction site won’t even see it coming! Because you prefer to ‘appear’ as if you have it altogether when you don’t! That’s the importance of why you have to be Careful with the Folks Around You During Your Construction Process! Don’t be Ashamed, for their sake and safety (and yours), put up your Warning Signs so folks Know that You’re Under Construction, just in case they get Injured By Your Speech, Your Actions or Your Attitude that God is Still Working On! Truth is, You Can’t Blame People For Entering Your Life Thinking it “Looks” Safe as You Walk Around Like You Got it Altogether, When You Don’t! They Need to Know You’re Not Solid Yet, You’re Not Strong and Built Yet, You’re not Steady and Stable Yet, so Walk Careful Around Me! This is Dangerous Grounds! Why? Because God is Still Working On Me!
And like the Construction Site, All Kinds of Tools are being Thrown Around, Dust and Dirt is Flying About, Ropes are Hanging, there’s Holes In My Ground, a Whole Bunch of Other Messy Folk Just Like Me Are On the Scene, Stuff is being Lifted, Shifted, Sifted, Poured Into and Poured Out of. The Site Is a Mess! And It’s Okay to Let Folks Know You’re Messed Up Right Now, But Also Let Them Know It Won’t Be Like This Always! Let Them Know You’re Messy Now, But You’re Being Built Into Something Amazing and Useful for the Kingdom of God! Right Now I Don’t Look All that Pretty or Well Put Together, But Come Back When the Project Is Finished!
I Haven’t Grown Up YET, I Haven’t Matured YET, I’m Not Ready YET! But THERE WILL COME A TIME When My Warning Signs Are Down, the Workers Have Left, and the Doors of My Building Are Now Open For Kingdom Business! THERE WILL BE A TIME When I’m Ready to Be In Use and Bless Others! THERE WILL BE A TIME When I Have Much to Give Out, Because of All that was Put In Me! BUT FOR NOW I might have to tell you that “…It Is Not Yet Disclosed (Made Clear) What [I] Shall Be [Hereafter],..”
HOWEVER, I CAN ALSO SAY WITH CONFIDENCE, “…Know That When He Comes And Is Manifested, [I] SHALL…RESEMBLE AND BE LIKE HIM…JUST AS HE [REALLY] IS.” I Might Not Look Like It Yet, But Keep Watching! Brick By Brick I’m Becoming a Beautiful Building For God’s Use! You may not see it now, but one day my chandelier will hang down, my floors will shine, my lights will twinkle brightly, all my rooms will be professionally decorated, my staff will be on-board, my sign will be up, the doors will be open and I’ll be ready for kingdom business. Just you be patient, wait and you’ll see because the Word of God cannot lie, “…[I] Shall Be [Hereafter],..” As gloomy as I may look right now, there will be glory for my latter house, after this!
Haggai 2:9, “‘This Temple is going to end up far better than it started out, a glorious beginning but an even more glorious finish: a place in which I will hand out wholeness and holiness.’ Decree of God-of-the-Angel-Armies.” (MSG) I know I look a little rough around the edges now, but in time, God is going to finish what He started in me and my ending will be better than my beginning!
Ecclesiastes 7:8, “The end of something is better than its beginning. Patience is better than arrogance.” (CEB). Therefore friends, I reiterate, be patient with me, because God has not finished what He started in me yet…but rest assured, my end will be better than my beginning!
However, in the meantime, think about this: If the Church is Really Doing Its Job Right, there Ought to be a Lot of Messy Folks In It! Here me out! I don’t know why folks think they should come to church and it look like Heaven when it’s filled with folks full of Hell! Now, that may have hurt your feelings a little bit, but it’s going to help your flesh a whole lot! There is no such thing as a flawless church! I don’t care how gifted, anointed, blessed, sanctified, Holy Ghost filled and Fire Baptized you are, you still have flaws! Somewhere you have messiness! Why? Because according to our text, we are “…CHILDREN of God…”, and Children are often messy, irregardless of age! Be real, if we weren’t messy, many of us would still be on our first marriages, all the children would have the same daddy, men wouldn’t have multiple baby mama’s; and pastors, who were but bitter ministers not allowed to be elders, would not have caused church splits to tear apart the church, therefore leaving us with a 100 pastors, over 100 churches with 10 members each! Church folks are messy folks!
Here’s some more truth, the church is no different than a baby coming fresh out the womb…Messy! Sidebar: I remember when I had my eldest daughter, and the nurse went to hand her to me freshly born….uh…no ma’am I don’t want her like that, can’t you fix her; wash her up and rinse her down? LOL! Understand: No Baby Comes Out of the Womb Clean and Dressed Up! Pain, Stretching, Messiness, Time, Tears, Energy, Change, Exhaustion, Yelling, and Major Life Adjustments Always Accompany the Birthing Process! Personally, I would’ve loved to have my daughters come out the womb hair already combed, teeth already in, potty trained, walking, talking, and if I had my own way, already knowing how to mop, sweep, vacuum, do laundry, pay pills, afford tuition, and cook breakfast in bed just for me!
But even more truth is, They Came Out Messy, Hollering, Needy, Crying, Spitting Up, Stinky, Demanding My Time, Depleting My Money, Altering My Body, Invading My Personal Space, and Robbing Me of Beauty Sleep! They Are Not the Prettiest of Creatures At Birth, and Neither Are We! By no means do I seek to excuse or justify sin, but to give clarity that we will never attain flawless perfection in this here flesh! Which is why we also need to be ever so careful when pointing our fingers at other folks mess, when our own hands still have dirt! We’ve all messed up in one area or another and we will continue to do so. But over time we should get better, not perfect, not flawless, but at least better. Example: when we first had our children there was a lot that was on our shoulders, and no responsibility on theirs because of their age, immaturity and lack of ability. So we fed them, held them, cleaned up after them. But as they begin to grow and get older, learn and mature, we ought not sit at the dining-room table spoon feeding our 10 year old; or cleaning up the bedroom of our 15 year old; nor tying the shoelaces of our 20 year old! Does it mean they’ve reached perfection? Nope! There will be the note that comes from the teacher, they will come home late, they will wear clothes that make you wonder if they are mentally unstable, but they are growing and getting better. Likewise, we need to learn how to be patient with our brothers and sisters in Christ. They are not perfect, whether they are newly saved, are repenting and restarting. They come with flaws, they come with mess, they come with mistakes, and they come with deliberate bad choices. But if we put on our hard-hats and work with them, they shall be a beautiful building for kingdom use. Not flawless, but functioning better day by day. So Be Patient, God Is Still Working On Me, You and Them!
What You Need to Do is Accept the Fact That We’re All Under Construction and Stop Stressing Yourself, and Everybody Else Out! Because a rhinestone suit will NOT make you look any better! A three piece Steve Harvey original will NOT make you look any better! YOU ARE UNDER CONSTRUCTION BOO! It’s Messy! However, there is a Plan and Purpose Behind What’s Going On In Your Messy Life Right Now! The Bible informs us: “For I know the PLANS I have for you,” declares the LORD, “PLANS to prosper you and not to harm you, PLANS to give you hope and a future.” (Jeremiah 29:11 NIV). Despite What Your Site Looks Like, HIS PLANS For Your Life Are Coming Together! You Are Being Built Into a Marvelous Building!
1 Peter 2:4-8, “Welcome to the living Stone, the source of life. The workmen took one look and threw it out; God set it in the place of honor. Present yourselves as building stones for the construction of a sanctuary vibrant with life, in which you’ll serve as holy priests offering Christ-approved lives up to God. The Scriptures provide precedent: Look! I’m setting a stone in Zion, a cornerstone in the place of honor. Whoever trusts in this stone as a foundation will never have cause to regret it. To you who trust him, he’s a Stone to be proud of, but to those who refuse to trust him, The stone the workmen threw out is now the chief foundation stone. For the untrusting it’s. . . a stone to trip over, a boulder blocking the way. They trip and fall because they refuse to obey, just as predicted.” (MSG) Regardless to what your site looks like right now, you my friend are to “…present yourselves as building stones for the construction of a sanctuary vibrant with life…” Needless to say, I’m going to be repetitive yet again: Please Be Patient With Yourself and Others, God Has Not YET Finished What He Started!
Let’s be honest: You Still Have Emotions, Appetites and Attitudes That Need Work! And if the whole Truth be told, We ALL Require Much Needed Overtime Work In Those Areas! (And YES that Includes Bishops, Pastors, Overseers, Prophets, Elders, Evangelists, Teachers, Ministers, Deacons, Missionaries, Ushers, Trustees, Sound Team, Greeters, Choir and Praise Team Members, Musicians, Sextons, Administrators, Nurses, Cupbearers, Armor-Bearers, Counselors, Adjutants, Male, Female, Young, Old, and All Ages in Between, Leaders, Laity and Visitors Alike! In other words, NO ONE Is Exempt From Needing Further Work Done On Their Life and Lifestyle! No Matter How Long You’ve Been Doing What You Do, Just Like a House, Your Foundation Can Fall After 20 years, Your Plumbing Can Back Up, Your Electricity Can Have Shortages, Your Windows Can Crack, Your Roof Can Leak, Your Gutters Can Become Filthy and Your Garage Door Can Come Off the Hinges! And We Most Certainly Don’t Want to Discuss the Cobwebs in the Attic or the Mold that’s Been Building Up in the Basement Since 1986! We Are Walking, Talking Fixer-Uppers! We ALL Need Continual Re-Construction and Maintenance!) So, Be Patient With One Another!
Galatians 6:1-3, “Live creatively, friends. If someone falls into sin, forgivingly restore him, saving your critical comments for yourself. You might be needing forgiveness before the day’s out. Stoop down and reach out to those who are oppressed. Share their burdens, and so complete Christ’s law. If you think you are too good for that, you are badly deceived.” (MSG) We are all being reconstructed, so critical comments about other folks messy sites, will not make the vision God has for your life become any clearer! Remember: We are here to help, not hinder, hurt or harm!
Ephesians 4:2, “with all humility [forsaking self-righteousness], and gentleness [maintaining self-control], with patience, bearing with one another in [unselfish] love.” (AMP) That’s our contribution to someone else’s site, unselfish love, not self-righteousness!
Could you imagine if we reached a point where we don’t mind taking off the Comforter and Showing Folks Our Real Raggedy Pajamas, Head Wrap, and Night Cream? Why? So They’d Understand That We’re All Still Under Construction! Likewise, Folks Need to Know, For Us to Become Spiritually Beautified Is Going to Take Some Time and Work! You didn’t wake up like that, stop it! So tell others, and Please Be Honest and Tell Yourself, “I’m a Blessed Mess and it’s Alright, because I’m Still Under Construction, and” “…It Doth Not Yet Appear What [I] Shall Be…” BUT KEEP YOUR SIGHT ON MY SITE! Because, “…When He Comes and Is Manifested, [I] Shall…Resemble and Be Like Him…Just as He [Really] Is.”
People of God, be patient with yourself and others, God has not forgotten you, nor has He finished what He’s started in you. It’s a process and it will take time. Just do your part, and let God do His. As much as you hate the beginning, you’re going to love the ending!
Therefore, the Next Time You’re Misunderstood, By Yourself or By Others, Just Politely Respond, “Please Be Patient, I’m Still Under God’s Construction, and He’s Not Finished With What He Started In Me! But Keep Your Sight On My Site, Because My Latter House Will Be More Glorious Than My Former House!”
God Will Finish What He Started In YOU!
In closing, let a few translations of Philippians 1:6 encourage your heart greatly!
“I am convinced and confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will [continue to] perfect and complete it until the day of Christ Jesus [the time of His return].” (AMP)
“And I am convinced and sure of this very thing, that He Who began a good work in you will continue until the day of Jesus Christ [right up to the time of His return], developing [that good work] and perfecting and bringing it to full completion in you.” (AMPC)
“I’m sure about this: the one who started a good work in you will stay with you to complete the job by the day of Christ Jesus.” (CEB)
“God is the one who began this good work in you, and I am certain that he won’t stop before it is complete on the day that Christ Jesus returns.” (CEV)
“And I am sure that God who began the good work within you will keep right on helping you grow in his grace until his task within you is finally finished on that day when Jesus Christ returns.” (TLB)
“There has never been the slightest doubt in my mind that the God who started this great work in you would keep at it and bring it to a flourishing finish on the very day Christ Jesus appears.” (MSG)
Much Love, Dr. Shermaine #EnjoyTheRead #BeInspired #BeEncouraged #BeEmpowered #BeChallenged #BePatient
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