Under Construction: Blueprints and Building Projects
Welcome to the second post in our series "Under Construction," based on our chapel theme for the year. To read about our August/September theme focused on "The Need," click here. In this post, we hear thoughts from Pastor John Klompien on our October theme, "The Blueprint."
I’m no engineer or draftsman, so I marvel at the capacity of a designer to bring imagination to three-dimensional reality. How does it come to be? The answer has been a “blueprint." Before anything is built, it’s dreamed, drawn, and planned in the form of blueprints. The blueprint is the foundation of any construction project. Historically, the prints were blue because of a photosensitive chemical process. Today, the prints are not blue, and often they are not even printed on paper. Electronic blueprints are taking over the primary place of paper. Electronic images can be manipulated to portray a structure three-dimensionally.
I need this innovation. I’m not very imaginative. I need to “see” a thing before my eyes to see what it will be later.
OCCS has been focusing on the theme “Under Construction” and October’s sub-theme “The Blueprint: Scripture." I appreciate God’s capacity to design and plan. Long ago He created a world and the environment for people to live in. Then he created people in his image to develop his world and to develop their own character in godly obedience to Him.
Of course, Adam and Eve failed to grasp the plan and live in it. In response, God made promises and wrote them down. God made commands and set them in Scripture. Finally, God made a man who would trust them and obey perfectly. This three-dimensional human was also God, showing us what a perfect human looks like…and more, that perfect one died for our sins, and rose to raise us anew from the ground up.
If we want to know what God is making, we need to look at Jesus. He trusted and obeyed God’s word every moment. Jesus often reflected on his next action by quoting Scripture, the blueprint for his life. His love for God and for us is God’s goal for each of us.
"Do not merely listen to the word and so deceive yourselves, do what it says." James 1:22
Seeing Jesus, let’s go back to the Scripture he fulfilled and trusted. Let’s appreciate the blueprint for our lives as reflected in our October scripture verse: “Do not merely listen to the word and so deceive yourselves, do what it says. Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says is like a man who looks at his face in a mirror and after looking at himself goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like. But the man who looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and continues to do this, not forgetting what he has heard, but doing it – he will be blessed in what he does.” (James 1:22-25)
May God help us read his word and build obedience according to the "blueprint." If we have a hard time understanding it, let’s look to Jesus who is the three-dimensional model of what God is making us to be.
Pastor, Calvary CRC