03 October: A Lasting DIY Job

Today’s chapter is about being careful how we build…

READ 1 CORINTHIANS 3  Make notes, if you’d like, of what stands out for you. Feel free to use the “Leave a Comment” box below to also write some of your thoughts.

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:

When I looked up to see the twisted lump of lighting wires hanging out of our kitchen ceiling and Mark standing on a metal ladder with a metal screwdriver in his hand, I was definitely on edge! The extension on our house had been done thirty years ago and we’re convinced it was “an interesting” DIY job. For one thing, Mikey’s bedroom door upstairs is out by an inch and half on the top right corner. The picture rail the runs around his room (about a foot or so from the ceiling) has a noticeable ‘dip’ in it! Above the kitchen Mark lifted the flooring in our room to install two new radiators. We found that the width between the support beams are wider than standard.

Sometimes I wonder if most of life is about getting away with ‘bodge jobs’. I’m quite happy that the foundation of our kitchen floor slants down in one corner just so long as that ball of wires, that Mark pushed back up into the ceiling yesterday, doesn’t catch fire. Or that our bedroom floor above doesn’t give way because there’s not enough support beams to hold the weight of our junk.

In today’s reading, Paul’s talks about ‘who laid the foundation’ in my life [v10], and whether it’s the right foundation with the building permissions from my Creator. [v11]  If I than build up from that with the right materials [v12], when the books are open and the inspector shows up[a], my life’s work will be shown up for what it is – because the Day (that “Day of the Lord” predicted to arrive for millenniums) will bring it to light. [v13]

So just like any DIY job, there’s always going to be consequences for going cheap and cutting corners. [v14]  If I’m wanting my personal life to be an ever-lasting DIY job before my Maker, I much prefer to stick close to the Master Builder and His Plan – it totally saves having a problem later. [v17&23] Read more? … CLICK to follow “03 October – Additional Notes”

But what about your thoughts – can you tell me what today’s “breadcrumb” is? Leave a note in the “Comments” box below to tell me what you think God is saying to you, through today’s chapter.

THE LORD’S PRAYER:

   1.   Praise: “Our Father in Heaven, how great is Your name! Your Kingdom come! Your will be done on earth as it is in Heaven…”

My heart is steadfast for you my God, my heart is steadfast. I’ll sing, yes, I’ll sing Your praises! [Psalm 57:7]

   2.   Ask: “…Give us today our daily bread…”

  • The World: God’s Loving-kindness for the Philippines[b]
  • Your Nation: Missions work & events in your country
  • Yourself: Compassion for others
  • Your concerns for today
Father God, may Your eyes be open to the supplication of Your servant and to the plea of Your people. Please listen to us whenever we call to You. [1 Kings 8:52]

   3.   Admit: “…Forgive us our sins, as we forgive those who sin against us…”

Lord God, help me not to be someone who gropes about at midday because I’m blinded by my sin. I know that I’ll not prosper in my ways but I’ll only be oppressed and robbed continually, with no-one to save me. [Deuteronomy 28:29]

   4.   Protect: “…Lead us not into temptation but deliver us from the evil one…”

Thank-you Father for sending us a Redeemer – for those who turn from transgression. You, O Lord, have declared it and it is true! [Isaiah 59:20]

“ For Yours Lord is the Kingdom, the Power, and the Glory for ever and ever. Amen”

THIS WEEK’S MEMORY VERSE: Topic = A Good Caretaker

Jesus said: “Seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.” [Matthew 6:33]

[a] Daniel 7:10 (See also 7:26)

[b] http://www.operationworld.org/country/phil/owtext.html

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