So once again we come together to talk about God building up our lives and the building up of a house. This time we want to talk about a hole. That’s what I said a hole. I still remember when my dad was building a house being taken out to the property so he could show me a hole. Now let’s take a minute and talk about that hole. The first thing you notice about the hole is its shape. It’s perfectly formed. There is smoothness to the sides of the hole. It’s like someone came along and took out just enough dirt. Not one speck was removed that did not need to be moved. Into this hole would eventually go the concrete to build up the foundations of the building you are building. But that will come later. For now it’s just a hole. But what determined the amount of dirt to remove and how was it taken out. Where did it go? These questions are of course easy to answer big machines removed the dirt and took it someplace we hope to be recycled into something useful.
But what about our spiritual house? You know the one God is building out of our lives for Him and His purpose. Well the good news it’s in the same way your start with a hole to build up a house God starts with a hole in our lives. I know what you’re thinking. A hole. God starts with a hole. Yes He does. The first thing God does is throws out all the things in your life that no longer matter and are not needed. He throws out malice and envy and pride and anger and all sorts of addictions. (Colossians 3:8) He gets rid of the things that have been keeping you from him. Like it’s been said in pop culture, “There is a God shaped hole in all of us.” We all have this hole and ever since we came to Christ, God has been empting it and filling it with his presence and Spirit. Still in order to do that He must first dig out all the things that are wrong in this place. How does he do the digging is a mystery for the ages. He digs out of us the God shaped hole that we have been trying to fill with the way the world wants us to fill it. Like the building of a house he does not throw out one piece of dirt that can be used later on. He is constantly throwing out the dirt in our lives, the sin if you will, and replacing it with His purpose and presence.
Into this hole will go a lot of things we will talk about in the coming months. For now let us just thank God that he has dug a hole on our lives and removed all of the things that needed to be gotten rid of.