You also . . . are being built into a spiritual house to be a holy priesthood, offering spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. (1 Pet. 2:5)

THE WINCHESTER MYSTERY HOUSE in San Jose, California, continues to amaze and mystify people. The result of over thirty years’ nonstop construction is both large and confusing. Stairs lead to nowhere and windows look on other rooms. Whether due to the owner’s superstition or depression, many features serve no functional purpose. The building project continued until Sarah Winchester’s death, when it stopped. Without the owner, the builders simply abandoned the project, but it remains as a curiosity to tour today.

Peter proclaimed that we in Christ are also being built up in a construction project that will last our entire lives. But unlike the seeming randomness of the Winchester Mystery House, God has a clear purpose behind His building project. We have been brought into God to proclaim the praises of God. God began this work in us with our salvation, but He keeps refining and developing us, transforming us into the likeness of Christ.

We know that God does this magnificent work in us. Our role is to step back and let Him work, praising God for the continued progress seen in our lives. Just as I can interfere with repairmen by trying to “help” them, we can be more “helpful” than necessary with God. We have a glorious destiny and purpose in Christ. Our daily surrender allows God to continue His work.

Give God the space to build His glorious house in your life.

Terry Magee lives with his wife in central Pennsylvania, where he teaches in his church. He enjoys both reading and outdoor activities.