It is an important moment, digging up that first shovel-full of dirt. It looks as if this groundbreaking ceremony is having some trouble getting started. It is taking two men’s efforts to break that hard ground! This universal and ancient custom is also called a sod-cutting or sod-turning ceremony. It is sometimes attended by local dignitaries and the media as the new construction begins. Often, the shovel used is saved and proudly displayed in a place of honor. The groundbreaking ceremony symbolically consecrates that piece of land.
Todays’ verse describes believers as God’s field and God’s building. Those who have placed their faith in Jesus are consecrated or set apart as His people. By His Spirit the Lord has broken the hard resistant ground that was our heart. Those that have yielded their lives to the convicting pressure of His Spirit are now “under construction!” Our bodies become the temple of the Holy Spirit (I Cor. 6:19). At the moment of salvation He takes up residence. But throughout life His temple is being maintained and renovated. We can be confident that this good work He does in us will continue until we see Christ (Phil. 1:6).
I am a little tired of the dust and mess. I can appear so put together to others but I know the state of affairs on the interior. I see some progress in being more others-centered but I am still so selfish. I truly appreciate other’s gifts and at the same time find myself jealous. I give grace to myself but can be so critical of others. The to-do list continues. But, He does not give up on me.
Thank you Lord, for Your patient loving work in me.