Tuesday, June 6, 2017

The Abandoned King's Castle

“…being confident of 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.

Decades ago there was a place near my home that built up in splendor and grandeur like nothing else I had seen. It was the ministry of Jim and Tammy Bakker at Heritage USA. They began a powerful and effective teaching of God’s message and built an environment of worship and spiritual growth. But at some point, they allowed the temptations of this world to creep into God’s space and corruption entered the ministry with devastating results. I’ve been back since then as it is now a space for different organizations. Some of the hallways are empty and the outside buildings are cracking from neglect and disrepair. God began a powerful ministry that man tore apart. Below is a picture of the abandoned King's Castle as they named it.

When we each became Christians, God began creating good work in each of our lives. He has blessings upon blessings that are reserved for us as we walk out the life He destined for us. We are His building where He resides so how are we caring for His dwelling place? Are we giving that relationship full attention and care or do our lives reflect neglect and disrepair? We have all been given a certain number of days on this earth and then we are done. What are we doing with the remaining days of the good work that God began long ago in us? The author of my Bible Study posed this question today: “If God is faithful to complete what He begins in us will we be faithful to grow in Him? Will you coast to heaven with all the consequences it brings, or will you commit to grow in your faith?” 

 What will our spiritual buildings look like at the end of our lives? Will the halls be empty with echoes of what could have been? Will the foundation be crumbling by ignoring the work to keep it healthy and solid? Will our lives show as a snapshot of our abandoned King's Castle?

God’s desire is to dispense the abundance of His fullness, not portions with blessings left behind. We were not called to a life of self-focused convenience. We were called to life of effectiveness and fruitfulness. It is the way we are recognized as His people.

God sees your life in ways you cannot. He sees what you can become. Not only does He have the power, but He is also creative beyond your wildest imagination.’ Redeemed, p. 127.

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