Contextualizing the Eternal Christ. The journey of Thursdays.
The first post was Divine Kinesics. In it, Body Language was discussed.
This week, we are going to discuss the context of the Eternal Christ through sustainable building materials.
Are you a part of the movement? The green movement? If not, let me share with you an aspect of the green movement that has changed the way a lot of people live. It has also changed the way a lot of businesses create and market their products.
Sustainability is simply put, “the capacity to endure.” If we look at the way that we, brothers and sisters, fit into this definition, it is truly glorious. We have an innate capacity that, perhaps, we are not even aware of.
One of the things I think of when I think of sustainability is cork flooring. I’m not sure if you all do, but I do! You see the cork that was in the bottle had another capacity. It’s function, if only temporary, was to keep liquids in a bottle. But there was another capacity there.
I’ve never asked a cork, but I bet they don’t know they have a capacity to endure. Sure, they keep the liquids in. But they also have a capacity to endure, to be a floor surface, to be a wall face, to be involved in an art design. There is an enduring component that cork has, only if the seer sees that sustainability.
And may I say. When you were created, you were created with sustainability in mind. You were created with the intent of living outside of time. I’d say that is sustainable.
So what materials were you given, or even more so, what material are you? If you have been in a conversation of the Old Testament bricks and the New Testament living stones you’ll appreciate an article I recently read from a site called Sustainable Build. If you want to click through you can read their full perspective of sustainable building. Here are a few wonderful quotes in regards to Materials.
A stone-clad building has a natural elegance to it, that gives it a timeless quality.
A natural elegance is much more suitable to the Temple of God as opposed to a fabricated elegance. If we allow our natural beauty to shine through, we have a much more beautiful view. And even better, timeless. Outside of time. That is definitely a trait of the Temple of God.
It is also said that a stone-built building gives the effect of anchoring the building to the land, and into the local environment. Regional stone has its own distinctive colour, texture and quality.
The Lord desires an anchoring to His land. He desires to be local. He desires to be distinctive. We all have our different colors, textures, and qualities. As we are built together, we have a distinction of the quality of the region we have been extracted from. Each local expression has a distinct texture of the Temple of God.
However, both stone walling and cladding a wall with stone is a slow, laborious job, requires a lot of skill and patience that many enthusiastic self-builders may not have, and above all, it is highly physically demanding.
This is a great quote on the Temple of God. The process of His Building being built together is slow and laborious requiring skill and patience. Self-builders aren’t building His building. And finally, this process is physically demanding. So demanding, in fact, that your entire physique will be required of you.
Once we die to ourselves, our self-building, the great Master Builder can begin the skilled, patient, slow, laborious job of building us into the Temple of God.
And to those who were selling the doves He said, “Take these things away; stop making My Father’s house a place of business.” His disciples remembered that it was written, “Zeal for Your House will consume Me.”
The Jews then said to Him, “What sign do You show us as your authority for doing these things?” Jesus answered them, “Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up.”
The Jews then said, “It took forty-six years to build this temple, and will You raise it up in three days?” But He was speaking of the temple of His body. (John 2:16-21 NASB)
Zeal for His House, for a dwelling place. This house is not a structure built by stones taken from a quarry. This House is being built from the living stones spoken of in 1 Peter 2. We are being built up as a spiritual house.
His resurrection came and His Spirit began the process of building. But there was no Home Depot or Lowe’s. So what is the Lord using to build His building?
We are His Sustainable Building Materials
You are God’s field, You are God’s building. (1 Corinthians 3:9 NASB)
The whole building, being fitted together, is growing into a holy temple in the Lord, in whom you also are being built together into a dwelling of God in the Spirit. (Ephesians 2:21 NASB)
May we remember this process is active, is dynamic. The whole building IS growing into a holy temple in the Lord. This temple is holy. Other. Out of this realm. Out of this time.
This building is timeless. This building is actively growing together. We are this building.
May we also realize our ‘other’ capacity. May we die to our self-building. May He resurrect His Temple in and through us. May we allow this dynamic process to forever change how and why we connect with others.
How have you been used as a sustainable building material?