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Thursday, February 3, 2011

A Fresh Way to View the Pain of Reconnecting "Shorts": A Palace for Jesus

A breakup with my college boyfriend led me on a deepening search for God’s will and truth. I can’t remember all the details now, but somehow I found myself digging through a roomful of books at my church in College Station, TX. While on this quest, I thumbed through a hardback book, scratched the following message down in my journal, and didn't even cite the book's title.

Yet, its concept--God making me into a palace for Him to live in--still motivates me to become more and more like Jesus today. Yes, the repairs/remodeling hurts, but the end result is so beautiful. In light of our January discussion on "dire disconnects," I hope you'll view this quote as a fresh perspective in spite of the often painful process of reconnecting our "shorts." Praise our RISEN LORD who makes ALL THINGS NEW!

…”Because God is focusing him on, or up, to a higher level: putting himself into situations where he will have to be very much braver, or more patient, or more loving, than he ever dreamed of being before. It seems that to us all unnecessary; but that is because we have not yet had the slightest notion of the tremendous thing He means to make of us.

Imagine yourself as a living house. God comes in to rebuild that house. At first, perhaps, you can understand what He is doing. He is getting the drains right and stopping the leaks in the roof and so on. You knew that those jobs needed doing and so you are not surprised. But presently He starts knocking the house about in a way that hurts abominably and does not seem to make sense. What on earth is He up to?

The explanation is that He is building quite a different house from the one you thought of—throwing out a new wing here, putting an extra floor there, running up towers, making courtyards. You thought you were going to be made into a decent little cottage, but He is building a palace. He intends to come in and live in it Himself.

--George MacDonald

19"Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; 20you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your body." 1 Corinthians 6:19-20
1 "Lord, you have been our dwelling place
       throughout all generations." Psalm 90:1

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