In Place


Out by the back fence is a stack of bricks left over from when the house was built. They are dirty. Some are broken. Even when stacked neatly, they’re just there, taking up space, not fulfilling the purpose for which they were made.

In the hands of a skilled mason, those bricks, after decades of just lying around, could become part of something beautiful and useful.


Put into place

The Master Craftsman intends for each of us to be “built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus Himself being the corner stone . . . growing into a holy temple in the Lord . . . built together into a dwelling of God in the Spirit” (Ephesians 2:20-22).

Only then will we truly be in place.

Scripture quotations taken from the NASB:

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When I was small, I thought I would build something. Taking a board, I nailed it to the ground. I learned quickly: Nails into dirt don’t hold.

Worth it?

But laying a solid foundation is tremendously time-consuming, difficult, and expensive, and after the building is completed, it doesn’t show all that much. Is it really worth it?

Ancient buildings had foundations. Modern technology has not discovered a way to dispense with a good substructure.


Worth it!

Our lives too need something solid underneath. At the end of the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus contrasted two builders. One built on sand, the other on rock. When the storm hit, what a difference! Check out Matthew 7:24-27 and ask yourself, “Am I anchored to the Rock?”

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