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God has to deconstruct before He can rebuild

God has to deconstruct before He can rebuild

Published on: Dec 6, 2009

Jer 1:9-10
9 Then the LORD put forth his hand, and touched my mouth. And the LORD said unto me, Behold, I have put my words in thy mouth.
10 See, I have this day set thee over the nations and over the kingdoms, to root out, and to pull down, and to destroy, and to throw down, to build, and to plant. (KJV)

The Didache is receiving renewed interest. I had it brought to my attention again by Brother Maynard who shared on a new issue of the document in a book by Tony Jones.

This document has been available for years online, and I have provided my own PDF version of it in my own website. I agree that this document has a timely application today. With so many people forsaking the clergy system they are looking for alternatives to Christian living either in house church gatherings or else where. The Didache or Teaching of the Twelve Apostles is an early church document that gives practical advice on following Christ before the clergy system developed.

As I meditated further on the topic I realized that all those believers who feel “cut loose” as they have rejected the clergy system and are looking for something else, need an encouragement in their trusting of God.

For some, the religious feeling of “blaspheme” in rejecting the church system still has a strong hold upon them. For those believers I would like to remind you that God is in the business of deconstructing and reconstructing all throughout human history. The quote from Jeremiah above makes that point. I might also add Acts 17:26-27:

Acts 17:24-27
24 God that made the world and all things therein ….
26 … hath made of one blood all nations of men for to dwell on all the face of the earth, and hath determined the times before appointed, and the bounds of their habitation;
27 That they should seek the Lord, if haply they might feel after him, and find him, though he be not far from every one of us: (KJV)

He has raised nations and removed nations. He has established congregations and taken them apart. Why? “That they should seek the Lord” In other words, He is always shaking things up to get people to seek Him.

When we are in the midst of being shaken up, it can be quite disturbing. We want stability in our lives. But God wants growth. Jesus told us that we have to lose our lives to save it (Matt. 10:39). This is where the rubber meets the road. Real Christian discipleship is a series of shakings for the sake of transformation. Indeed, we will not experience the greatest transformation – our glorified bodies – until we die.

Consider the caterpillar turning into a butterfly. We know that when it is in the cocoon it turns into a liquid mush. If the cocoon is opened too soon, the creature dies and can not be transformed. This creature has to trust God to make the transformation complete. How much more should you and I trust God in His transformation of our lives?

So, if we see a great falling away from the church system, that does not equal a falling away from Christ. All those believers who have left the system are now in God’s cocoon and are experiencing His trans-formative work. It may seem like so much mush. It may seem like some chaos and destruction going on around you. But be encouraged. He said that He would never leave us or forsake us (Heb. 13:5). He is caring for you while you are in your liquid state.

Meanwhile, read or re-read the Didache if you have not done so before. It brings us back to the 1st century believers who did not have to deal with a clergy system in the first place.

Comments to Original Post

Submitted on 12/08/2009

As soon as I read these words, I knew we were on the same track: “God has to deconstruct before He can rebuild.”

As someone said to me the other night, “There is no resurrection for the living.”

Submitted on 12/09/2009

What I think is noteworthy to remember, is that the reconstruction of God may still look like deconstruction since we assume reconstruction is something we should recognize. Despite the faults of the time of Judges, I think that was the greatest period of Israeli history.

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