Monday Musings 15/04/13
Construction has begun on the new chapel at Trans Africa Theological College, here, in Kitwe. John Cornelius, a great friend of TTC from Canada, is spending seven weeks laying the foundation and supervising the installation of the steel beams.
As I have been watching the progression of the project, I have been reminded of the importance of a solid foundation. There have been untold hours of digging, fabricating of iron rods, and mixing of cement (by hand no less) for the footings and columns of the new chapel. Those who will sit in the chapel, upon its completion, will admire its beauty and be blessed by its function without ever giving thought to its foundation.
Recently, I found a fascinating expression in the book of Ezekiel. The prophet uses the expression, “untempered mortar” (NKJV), in the thirteenth chapter to describe false prophets who lead God’s people astray. He goes on to talk about flimsy walls that are built and covered with “untempered mortar” and warns that rain will come in torrents, hailstones will come hurtling down, and violent winds will burst forth. “When the wall collapses, will people not ask you, ‘Where is the untempered mortar you covered it with…I will tear down the wall you have covered with untempered mortar and will level it to the ground so that its foundation will be laid bare. When it falls, you will be destroyed in it; and you will know that I am the Lord.” (Ezekiel 13:10-14)
The word untempered means not properly moistened or mixed. In construction, contractors have been known to take shortcuts in an effort to save time or money. After all, no one sees what is below the ground so it is a good place to cut some corners. In the church, sometimes we have been known to take shortcuts in the spiritual process. We all want the blessings of God without paying the price of the process (sometimes a messy process). In either situation, the outcome is disastrous. When the rain, hail and wind comes, and it will, the flimsy walls will fall and the foundation will be laid bare.
Here in Zambia, we know all about the rainy season. When it rains, and believe me it rains, you want to make sure your house is built on a firm foundation, because if it isn’t, your house will wash away. As I have watched the construction of the chapel at TTC, I can assure you that it will be built on a solid foundation!!
Let me remind you that you will experience torrential rains, hurtling hailstones, and bursting winds in your spiritual journey. Make sure that you have a proper mix of the Word of God, prayer, and spiritual health so that the walls of your spiritual house will withstand the storms of life.
I am also reminded of why RTC exists. With God’s help, RTC will continue to teach and model a proper mix of spiritual mortar in the church so that its walls will stand strong in an age when spiritual foundations are being tested by every rain, hail and wind of false doctrine that is blowing, hurtling and bursting forth with vengeance across the world.
Until next Monday…