Tuesday, 26 January 2010

Master Builder

I thought it would be good to post again the dream I had a little while ago about listening to the Master Builder whilst restoring an old building. Because I have now been called to plant a church in Newton Abbot this dream seems to be very relevant.

I had this dream on Monday 19th October...

Sarah and I were in a field surrounded by hills in the middle of nowhere. It was a very dull and overcast day. We were looking at an old building that was falling down and in need of serious renovation.

Two of our friends were there who were instrumental in my obedience to God in pursuing the calling to ministry that he has given me. They had a photo album on them and were showing us photo's of our past. Some of the photo's were of really happy times since we were called to ministry. Others were of the difficult times. Others were of sin in our lives that we need deal with.

Sarah and I then collect some materials to try and restore this building. The materials we are using don't seem to be good enough, yet suddenly another man joins us and begins to show us how to use these materials. He tells us they are good enough if we use them properly. We discover he is a master builder. He shows us how to build properly.

He then warns us. He says that we need to listen to him and build properly because a mighty wind is coming that night and will blow so powerfully. The wind will be so strong that it will show up everything that is lacking about the building. It will expose the weaknesses in it. We need to build properly.

Sarah and I listen and keep building. We then crawl into the building. It seems so small and low now. And we wait. We wait for the Wind to blow.
So we go to Newton Abbot to build. Not by our own wisdom. Not by our own strength. By by the grace and Spirit of God.
5What, after all, is Apollos? And what is Paul? Only servants, through whom you came to believe—as the Lord has assigned to each his task. 6I planted the seed, Apollos watered it, but God made it grow. 7So neither he who plants nor he who waters is anything, but only God, who makes things grow. 8The man who plants and the man who waters have one purpose, and each will be rewarded according to his own labor. 9For we are God's fellow workers; you are God's field, God's building.

10By the grace God has given me, I laid a foundation as an expert builder, and someone else is building on it. But each one should be careful how he builds. 11For no one can lay any foundation other than the one already laid, which is Jesus Christ. 12If any man builds on this foundation using gold, silver, costly stones, wood, hay or straw, 13his work will be shown for what it is, because the Day will bring it to light. It will be revealed with fire, and the fire will test the quality of each man's work. 14If what he has built survives, he will receive his reward. 15If it is burned up, he will suffer loss; he himself will be saved, but only as one escaping through the flames. I Corinthians 3:5-15

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