Building a new home? Adding on to your house? Wanting to build a sweet deck overlooking your backyard? Are you going to do a MAJOR renovation in your kitchen? Chances are you need a building permit if you live in one of the Fifty-Nifty.
The unfortunate thing about building permits is that before you can even begin a project, you have to go to some office, fill out some paperwork, and, of course, provide some cash. Once you are approved you will be able to take a certified piece of paper stating your approval, hang it in the window of your crib, and get to hammering!
But what does that have to do with Body Life in Christ?
Let’s listen in to a conversation Jesus had with His disciples right after Judas Iscariot left the upper room to betray Him.
Do not let your hearts be troubled; believe in God, believe also in Me. In my Father’s house are many dwelling places; if it were not so, I would have told you; for I go to prepare a place for you. If I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself, that where I am, there you may be also. And you know the way where I am going.
Thomas said to Him, “Lord, we do not know where You are going, how do we know the way?”
Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me.” (John 14:1-6 NASB)
You see, Jesus was telling the disciples what was about to go down. If you read further into John you’ll see that Jesus was revealing to His disciples the Eternal Building Project. He said there are many dwelling places. He was going to prepare a place for His friends. Let’s remember that you here does not mean a singular you but a plural you, as in, all of you, or, you all.
Do you think Jesus had to ask God for a building permit?
You see, this was the plan all along! Christ came to earth to provide the way of Christ, the reality of Christ, and the life of Christ… ACCESSIBLE TO US!
This way, reality, and life of Christ is His own. He gives access to God through Himself. Earlier in the week I posted on Repentance. The Greek word in the New Testament translated into repentance basically means: in your circumstances, allow the Divine Nature to provide your mind with His rationale as you look to live His way, His reality, and His life.
Body Life doesn’t need a building permit. The building permit has already been granted! It was established before time began! We don’t need to ask anyone if we can be a part of His dwelling place. As Jesus said, there are many dwelling places in God’s House! Dwell on!
Economic Benefits of Building Permits
Check out this quote from Wikipedia:
Since building permits usually precede outlays for construction, employment, financing and even furnishings, they are often a leading indicator for developments in the rest of the economy. (Wikipedia – Construction Permit)
What a wonderful way to see Christ. When Christ begins building His House, developments in His economy are in motion. Eternal economic benefits. This isn’t cash for today, but wealth outside of time and space.
When we are built into His House, and He prepares His dwelling place, He is also providing us with an Eternal economic benefit that we have never physically seen before. Our value of this world decreases. He increases!
For we know that if the earthly tent which is our house is torn down, we have a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens. (2 Corinthians 5:1 NASB)
This Eternal economic benefit is the inheritance of God.
For those of us that continue to look for building permits to do what we think God wants us to do…remember, the Building Permit was established outside of time. He has prepared a place for us. He has come again and has received us. We are where He is. He is where we are.
May we gather unto Christ. May He be our Master Builder perfecting His Plans and Purpose in and through us.
Besides, God’s autograph is on the Building Permit. That’s a powerful signature.