Week of June 24, 2012
"...you are...fellow citizens with God's people and members of God's household, built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the chief cornerstone. In him the whole building is joined together and rises to become a holy temple in the Lord. And in him you too are being built together to become a dwelling in which God lives by his Spirit." -Ephesians 2:19-22
There was a season of time when I worked for a very large, mismanaged company. This company was so mismanaged that it had grown complacent over time and had fallen to second place within its industry. Even so, I knew that God had strategically positioned me.
Once inside this company, the days were often hard. I began to witness the mismanagement up close and personal. As God would allow me, I could see much of the carelessness of the employees, the cover-ups of management and the overall lack of integrity within my division. Since I knew that when God is about to breakthrough, He often positions an outsider as a catalyst to influence an outcome, I began to pray over the employees and the organization.
Nearly two years into my position, about a month before God released me from that company, a rainbow appeared outside my high rise office window. Although I have seen many rainbows, this was the first time I had seen such a wide spectrum. I could also see the beginning and the end of the rainbow. It appeared to be very close to our building at the northeast corner. Awestruck, employees arose from their desks and gathered at the windows on that side of the building. I was right there among them, and I knew in my spirit that God was demonstrating something important. I prayed for Him to give me understanding.
Months after I departed that company, I learned that the division I had worked for had been sold to another company, located in the direction of that rainbow. I knew in my spirit God had answered my prayers.
God dismantled that division. He not only cleaned house, He repositioned the house. As a result, many people I once worked with fled, fearing their jobs were endangered. Some were soon laid off.
God knows and see all things, including the fullness of our hearts, even at our workplaces. He knows the exact graceful balance of discipline and ease we need at any given moment to become all that He has called us to be and to accomplish all He has assigned to us.
His structure in motion encompasses strength, beauty, order and balance. It implies authority and submission to authority in varying degrees, according to what is necessary to sustain life and complete God’s purposed missions on earth as it is in heaven.
Just as Almighty God designed our bodies to contain a bone structure—the framework that allows us to stand and move—He also inspires organizational structures, designed to sustain and serve His purposes, which are subject to Him.
Also, consider our military forces and the defined structure of authority that is in place to maintain safety, protection, order and victory. When one confronts war, it’s not enough to think, imagine or believe how to act. One must know and understand the structure that is in place to battle efficiently. One must trust in the authority that has been set forth and take hold of the weapons at hand. One must know how to access and operate the resources according to the overall strategic plan that has been set in place.
Structures are Foundational and Fundamental
Structures are frameworks that provide a basis upon which to build. Strong foundations are layered, such as marrow and bone within our bodies or like rebar set inside concrete or like wood studs inside walls. Strong foundations are interactive and cohesive, like brick and mortar. As Christians, we stand in unity with Jesus, relating with Him and His people, to build a strong foundation for His purpose.
Structures Provide a Vertical and Horizontal Hierarchy
Everything that God creates has a structure. Consider the hierarchy of angels: Seraphim and Cherubim praise and protect the throne of God, while Archangels and Angels serve as God’s messengers. Colossians 1:16 says, “For by Him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things were created by Him and for Him.”
God’s hierarchy can also be set in place on earth by inspiring man. Consider the Bible, which is the inspired word of God and a structure upon which we build our lives. Matthew 6:10 says, “May your Kingdom come soon. May your will be done on earth, as it is in heaven.”
Structures Can Be Redeemed
Just as Jesus redeems us from our sins, He can lead us to rebuild, restore, reorganize or redesign structures to His originally-intended integrity. We see this principle operate in today’s world in preserving and restoring historic buildings and in restructuring businesses for improvement.
In Genesis 26:18, we see that Isaac restored the wells his father, Abraham, had dug: "Isaac reopened the wells that had been dug in the time of his father Abraham, which the Philistines had stopped up after Abraham died, and he gave them the same names his father had given them." Likewise, Nehemiah 6:3 speaks to Nehemiah’s dedication and commitment to rebuilt Jerusalem against all odds: "...I am carrying on a great project and cannot go down. Why should the work stop while I leave it and go down to you?"
Respecting God’s structures honors Him, protects us and helps position us for promotion. If you find yourself in an atmosphere surrounded by ungodly structure, forgive those around you; then ask God to intervene, to restructure the structure to His liking and to reposition you. You’ll be amazed at what He will do, where you will land and the new doors of opportunity He will open for you if you will remain close to Him and carefully follow His lead.
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