I was having lunch today with a friend in whom God has ‘started a new thing.’
The people around her don’t understand this new thing. It doesn’t make any sense to them. They do not support it. What’s more, she worries that she is not equipped to execute what she knows is God’s calling.
Sometimes when God starts a new thing in us, it’s like embarking on a home renovation. We may feel like it’s the right thing do, however, we don’t have access to the Master Builder/Renovator’s blueprint. Sometimes we can’t fully envision what He is doing, and we’re dubious about what the end product will look like.
If we’re overseeing a home renovation, we want to see the blueprint, the 3-D model, the paint color chips, the marble samples and even the fabric swatches before we agree to the renovation. That’s not how it works with the great Master Builder. If He has chosen to renovate a portion of our life, we need to sign the contract without seeing proof of what the end result will be. We need to trust completely in not only the design, but also the execution because “God is the builder of everything.” Hebrews 3:4.
Need New Skills?
Often we are trepidatious about not having the skills to do a new thing. Friends, that is when we know with certainty that it is God who is directing the renovation; when we KNOW we could not possibly have accomplished it using our own skill set. We can rest in confidence that the finished product will be way beyond anything we could have ever done using our own abilities.
A couple of years ago, I wanted to be mindful that God is my Master Builder, and that my foundation is fully laid on him. So, I painted this verse on the floor of my furnace room. Every time I walk in that room I am reminded that “There is, in fact, only one foundation, and no one can lay any foundation other than Jesus the Anointed.” 1 Corinthians 3:11
The Holy Spirit does not set you up to fail. While it may not always be what you expect (or want!), if He has called you, you can be “confident in this, that He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.” Philippians 1:6.
I am so happy my friend saw His plan and obeyed it and that she has decided not to let the world sway her from signing the contract with the Master Builder.