FROM THE ROCK WE ARE HEWN
“Listen to me, you who pursue righteousness and who seek the Lord:
Look to the rock from which you were cut
and to the quarry from which you were hewn; Isaiah 51:1
Have you ever heard the phrase, "You are just a chip off the old block?" I know growing up that was something I heard a lot when it came to me and my brother as it related to our dad. If you have not heard of this saying, I just you to know that it means that the son/daughter has some of the same mannerisms of their parents or their grandparents. It is something that is a reflection of the life lessons that are taught and lived out in a family. I will say that it does not always mean that it is a good mannerism, but regardless it is a reflection of the foundation of what is passed down from generation to generation. I ask this question because today I want us to think again about the chips that we are producing from the foundations that have been poured. From time to time, we have to be reminded of what we plant that will be reaped and that includes the spiritual foundations that we have laid out.
I guess I have just come into this week really inspired to challenge all of us to be stronger in our faith. I know that it is not something we really talk about a lot because we are afraid of offending people, but I also realize that the Gospel will always be offensive to those who are
afraid of hearing truth. I know that Jesus was very particular when He told Peter that He was going to build His church on the Rock or the Greek work Petra. Jesus was foreshadowing
what Peter was going to do at Pentecost, but also reminding us as the Church where we came from. The Church was not meant to be built and be silent. No, the Church was meant to carry the Light of the Gospel to the four corners of the world and that means we will face things that we could never imagine. But being a chip off the block means that we are disciples from the ONE TRUE CHRIST. It should not be a surprise of what we will face since we know the trials and temptations that Jesus faced during His ministry on earth. As Christians we carry that legacy to the world. We are chips from THE ROCK and that means that we have the CREATOR of all things walking by our side wherever we may go. As we remember the reason our country was formed in the first place, was because of the religious freedom that was being sought in the new land. The major leaders of the day were mostly deacons and ministers in their local congregations and they knew the importance of God being a part of everything that they professed. They continued to keep God as a major focus in all areas and we watched how the country stood on the ROCK.
As we look at the words of Isaiah today, we are reminded of God's example of which christians and the church are hewn. Hewn means the cutting or shaping of something by a hard blow of a heavy cutting instrument similar to a chisel. It means that Isaiah was reminding us that we are still being formed and that even though we are rough around the edges, God is still molding and shaping us into His image. The Church is still being smoothed out as well, because the Church is made up of imperfect people that are being hewn by God as well. But see the crazy thing that we don't understand is that God already sees the finished product. God is able to dig into the pile and pull out the pieces that is ready to be shaped by God's chisel. We are not perfect and once again we will never be perfect until we are finally made perfect through Christ. But as we are walking through this journey, we have to be ready to be formed and chiseled. The world is a difficult place and we have to understand that refining has to be done, but we come as a chip off THE ROCK and that is something world needs to see.
So the challenge for today is to take a really good look in the mirror. We all need to recognize the importance of seeing what God is doing in us and around us to shape us into His image. If people still see you then there is a lot more chiseling that needs to take place. Scripture tells us that we are beautifully and wonderfully made in the Image Dei, Image of God. And I hope and pray that we do not take that for granted. I hope and pray that the
world sees less of me and more of God as we step into each day. I pray that I can let go of the things that I continue to hold on to that God needs to hewn out of my life. I am proud to be a chip off the solid Rock of Christ. But I need to realize that I must continue to allow God to form me into His perfection. I have not got it all figured out and I realize that it may be a very long time before I do, but I will continue to strive to be more life Christ and less like Jason. As I see all of these artists that can look at the slate and imagine how to use each blow of the hammer to form the image in their mind, I think that I am humbled that God does that to me each day. Some days I need a lot taken off and other days I need just small pieces, but I am constantly being changed and that is what is important to the journey that God has each of us on. When we actually believe that we have achieved where we need to be, I just hope we are all ready for the hammer to strike again. We are all pursuing righteousness and we will not fully attain it until we are once again joined by Christ. So this journey is just a test of refinement. The longer we live, the more the chip looks like the ORIGINAL. May God bless you today as we walk this road together.