The experience of remodeling a home while keeping up its normal operation can be stressful. Scheduling mealtimes, comings and goings, and discovering the need for unexpected repairs are just a few of the challenges. Only the thought of achieving our dream of having a new place, that was designed just for us, motivates us to continue.
The spiritual life is no different. Sometimes, our reforms are painful and difficult. But the certainty of transformation strengthens us in this process. The apostle Paul, in his first letter to the Corinthians (above) challenged them to spiritual reform in their community. A the beginning of Chapter 3, he warns about inappropriate behaviors which sowed spiritual immaturity. He urged them toward spiritual maturity. Just as we have the freedom to choose the materials and the best builder to remodel a house, we can choose how to build our spiritual lives. Guided by the word of God, we can either build our spiritual lives n the foundation of Christ, or we can choose to build with material that has now eternal worth (I Corinthians 3:12-13). It's up to us to choose wisely.
- Indus Alexander, St. Paul's Parishioner
(transcribed from The Upper Room)