BUILDING ACCORDING TO DIVINE PATTERN
By Mark & Sharon Ighile
The quality of any structure, physical or spiritual, is largely a function of its building process and texture. Where there are compromises at the construction stage, imminent destruction becomes almost inevitable. Therefore, if there is anytime appropriate time for us to pause and ponder on the mystery and dynamics of building, particularly as it relates to homes, ministries and careers, it is now, and for obvious reasons.
We are in a season that takes pride in truncating due process, and the house of God is not left out of this crisis. We are operating in a setting and age where emphasis is placed on demonstration and practical manifestation rather than procedure. We live in a time where principles perish on the altar of syndicated show-biz. We operate in a system where the rules of the game do not matter as long as there is a ruler of some sort. Beloved, our society today is in a dilemma; there is disillusionment at the home-font, and several professionals are at crossroads. We all need to rise and build our ministries, careers and homes according to the pattern given to us by our Lord Jesus Christ. This is the only way our society would be a better place for all of us.
This naturally leads us to the stage of preparation. The Scripture poses a rhetorical question that is critical to or discourse. In Luke 14:28-30, the Bible says: For which of you, intending to build a tower, does not sit down first, and count the cost, whether he has sufficient to finish it? Lest haply, after he has laid the foundation, and is not able to finish it, all that behold it begin to mock him, Saying, This man began to build, and was not able to finish. The truth of the matter and sadly too, is that many ministries, homes and careers are stranded because there was no proper planning at the outset for the take-off. Many Christians take a leap into various professions and ministries without first asking God for clear direction.
As part of the planning stage is the knowledge of the details. And this takes us to the platform of divine specifications. It is not enough to know the profession God would like you to pursue, it is also important to take a step further by intimating yourself with the specifics of that career. The same requirement goes for ministry and marriage. Many of those who are in ministry today hardly know the details of their calling. This explains why you keep hearing expressions like: “I stumbled on that insight” or “I just tried that out and it is working.” For some, ministry has become a factor of “trial by error”. This is so because they never really got it from the start anyway. And perhaps, one of the many reasons while some Christian homes are laughable today is traceable to this foundational confusion.
This dilemma should not be tasking for us to understand .The Scripture has a ready answer for this. In Psalm 11:3 the Bible wonders what the righteous can do if the foundation be destroyed. It is almost a hopeless situation when the fundamentals, like solid foundation, are crashed. But since there is no impossibility with God, there will always be a way out. We can do something. We can begin a process of revisiting our foundation with a view to carrying out spiritual renovation and re-assessment of our building materials and refocusing our projects in line with the pattern of Jesus Christ.
For the younger ministers and pastors-in –training, the sky and indeed the world are at your instance. When you make adequate preparation early in life, you won’t need to be repairing painfully, later in life. It is our sincere that God would use this strategic ministers’ breakfast summit 2012 to re-direct us to our foundation and to the master-builder, our Lord Jesus Christ.
BUILDING ACCORDING TO DIVINE PATTERN