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Check the Blueprint!

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

9How can a young man keep his way pure? By guarding it according to your word.
10With my whole heart I seek you; let me not wander from your commandments!
11I have stored up your word in my heart, that I might not sin against you.

— Psalm 119:9–11

I don’t know a lot about construction, but I have a pretty good idea of how complicated construction projects can get! And I'm going to tell you, every time there is a problem on the construction site, bam! They go for the blueprints. Each time there's an uncertainty, perplexity, or something doesn’t look right—out come the blueprints. Why? Because in the construction world, nothing good is built without a blueprint. Multiple times each day, they unroll the blueprint scrolls to check what’s been done and figure out what to do next. You don't build anything right without a blueprint.

Here's the thing, though. That's not just true in construction world. It's amazing that people who would never dream of building anything of value without a blueprint on a job site, are busy slapping together their life with out a plan or a clue. I mean, reaching for materials, nailing up all kinds of nonsense in their life. Even as the horror in what they're building is growing before their eyes.

So many people hate what they're building with their life, but they're still not building with the blueprint.  They're just grabbing stuff and, it seems to me, they're not making good choices. They're just grabbing stuff and nailing it together.  And that's not taking them anywhere good. Nothing good is built without a blueprint in anything—especially for life.

You say, "Well, don't Christians get that?"

I'm going to tell you that too many people, and even a lot of Christians, are not really operating from a blueprint, God's blueprint, as they build their life. 

God wrote the blueprint for human happiness. God, Himself, absolutely wrote the blueprint for human happiness. When the pieces of life are not fitting together and the structure is looking crooked, check God’s Word, the blueprint. It will tell you what to do to correct, demolish, rebuild, or construct the next phase.

Here’s a great blueprint verse to memorize. It is often quoted to teach God’s authorship of the blueprint, but it also tells us how the blueprint actually works! “All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness” (2 Timothy 3:16). That’s how God’s life blueprint can help you build something great for Him!

— James MacDonald

Journal:

  • How does God’s Word function in my life right now in these ways:

Teaching

Reproof

Correction

Training in Righteousness

Prayer:

Lord, remind me to keep Your blueprint close at hand! Help me to memorize it so that I can consult and check it in my mind. Teach me what a difference it makes when I let it teach, reprove, correct, and train me! In Your name, Jesus. Amen.

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