A fitting way for the Ruler nation to memorialize the things that matter to it for posterity.
Although Italy is Exhorter, Rome and the Roman Empire were Ruler. And it is fitting that the Coliseum and the Roman roads still memorialize that great culture.
The Roman Catholic Church is also Ruler by redemptive gift and the world is marked by astounding cathedrals, constructed without the help of cranes, power tools or OSHA.
With God’s exquisite sensitivity to each nuance of each redemptive gift, when Egypt is restored to its rightful role in the community of nations, Christ will lead them to express their gift in the heart of the nation and at the borders with building projects that express their spiritual commitment in the Ruler key of music.
I am not a Ruler. I have accrued a lot of ideas about house design and construction during my years in the field, and I have some lightly held dreams of designing and building a house that expresses my redemptive gift, that fits with the gift of the land, and that is built with a host of spiritual facets woven into the process and the product.
Each redemptive gift uses space, light, perspective, sound, color and texture differently. The differences between a Teacher house and an Exhorter house are probably the two most extreme. I have deep interest in the whole concept because I have been in too many distorted houses, and watched too many families struggle to exist in houses that violently war against their design.
But even though I feel strongly about right design, and even though it would be splendiferously delightful to design my own house under those conditions, that is most certainly NOT how I want to be remembered 5, 50 or 500 years from now.
Each gift has its own way of building a “memorial” that is an expression of their life’s work. And God knows all about that.
To me, a key part of the Blessing of Egypt is for God to move us forward, building toward that area of vast fulfillment. Solomon, the Exhorter, accomplished much, left much behind, but failed to find fulfillment in alignment with his gift. A tragedy.
And this, I feel, is a great joy for the enemy. If he can keep us very busy, doing very good work in the Kingdom, while gently moving us farther and farther away from our design, he gains some small victory. He could not cancel our salvation. He could not even block our effectiveness. But if he can block our fulfillment in serving our Great King, he salvaged something. Salvation without joy.
This concept ties in with prayer #10 about transitions. Sometimes we hold on tightly to what we are doing because it is so fruitful, and we have a horror of barrenness. But what if we need to be transitioned out of the fruitful, unfulfilling track we are on to one that is more in keeping with our design, so we can be fruitful AND fulfilled?
God is the God of monuments, but each gift has a different expression. Let’s give God permission to transition us to the place where we can build according to design, experience fulfillment according to design and leave a mark on the world according to our design.
Let’s call in the Blessing of Egypt.
Copyright July 2015 by Arthur Burk
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