Pastor Jim Stultz
Updated: May 2
Hopes were high as a new development along the water in Charlotte Harbor began to take shape. The Sunseeker Resort was planned by Allegiant Airlines. Property was purchased, land was cleared and the metal structure began to rise overlooking the harbor. However the project was put on hold when Covid 19 hit. Workers were furloughed and construction stopped. Today when you drive past all you see is an unfinished project; just a skeleton of what it was designed to be.
God has beautiful plans for our lives. The Apostle Paul designates us as God’s building (1 Cor. 3:9). Our Lord begins this good work when we receive Christ as our Savior. Our salvation in Jesus Christ is the foundation. But we need to be careful how we build our spiritual life. I Cor. 3:9-10 says: “For we are God's fellow workers; you are God's field, you are God's building. According to the grace of God which was given to me, as a wise master builder I have laid the foundation, and another builds on it. But let each one take heed how he builds on it”.
Unavoidable things happen all the time that stop earthly construction projects. However we often are the ones who abandon the work on God’s building in our own lives. We lay down the spade of digging into God’s Word. We stop using the jackhammers that break up stubborn sinful behavior. We too often just walk off the job and leave God’s building unfinished. I wonder what is keeping us from continuing the spiritual construction that we have been called to. Paul challenges all of us in 1 Cor. 15:58: “Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord”.
The ugly skeleton of an unfinished building still stands overlooking Charlotte Harbor. I hope that the Sunseeker Resort will one day be finished. In a way all of God’s children are unfinished. We are not yet the glorious building that God desires. But our job is not complete. Don’t lay your hammer down! Keep building! Keep working?