[anzac] PARABLE: "3RD FLOOR REMODEL"

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From: "ANZAC Prophetic List" <prophetic@...>
Date: Sat, 10 Jan 2004 12:10:57 +1300
From:           "M Woelk" <gateway_dna@...>

"The Third Floor Remodel Project"
-by Mike Woelk (26 Aug 2003).

I have been using a third-floor corner of a 19th century 
building as an early-morning prayer closet. The building 
has a storied history, being home to many successful 
enterprises over its century. But some time ago it 
became obvious to the owner that in its present 
condition, the third floor was no longer profitable.   

Over the past few months all the walls have been torn out 
to produce a very large room destined to be a banquet 
hall for the restaurant on a lower floor.  

Not everyone agreed with the owner. "Those old offices 
are too lovely to tear out."  "That floor layout made a lot 
of money."  But the owner had a keen business mind, 
and he could look beyond appearances and the 
successful past. He had only one thing in mind: a 
profitable future.

He had plans to use all that was salvageable, all that 
had a place in his new purpose. Throughout the summer 
a young man who worked for the building owner carefully 
tore out the old.  

Some material, like antique windows and doors, would 
have a place in the new order, but they would require 
some costly and time-consuming renovation if they were 
to be used again. Hopefully they would be able to 
withstand the process. Hopefully they would not crack or 
break under the strictures of renovation.

Some things were not touched.  Four columns down the 
middle of the room, even though they will be in the way in 
a banquet room, are left standing. They support the ceiling.

But some of the work was merciless work with a sledge 
hammer and crow bar. Some material was so entrenched 
in the old structure that it was unsalvageable and had to 
be crushed out and carried away.  Some material, though 
once beautiful and valuable, was too outdated to be of use.

In this season the Lord is taking a wrecking crew to old 
houses.  But He wants to salvage many believers for use 
in a new house.  There are disadvantages to being a living 
stone in the House of the Lord rather than an inanimate 
brick. Living stones can choose whether they will be 
removed from the old.  They must decide whether they 
will give up their sizeable investments in the old in order 
to be a part of the new.  They can choose whether they 
will submit to the removal blemishes and scars.  Other 
men who are not the owner, who have not made costly 
investments, come along with attractive ideas of their 
own.  Living stones must decide whether they will
volunteer to be a part of some other project which is 
presented before time. They can choose whether they 
will lie quietly and wait their time to be placed again in 
a new thing.

Another problem for living stones is that they do not have 
the vision or perspective of the Owner.  They often only 
know where they have been and what they have done.  
So they must trust the owner by faith. Even those living 
stones which are themselves builders, apostles, must 
be prepared, as was Paul, to sit even for years until the 
Lord separates them from the pile and places them in 
the new structure.

To my delight, a few weeks later the old walls were 
completed - most of the cracked and disfigured plaster 
had been removed, and the foundational brick brushed 
down to be used as solid wall and fashionable finish.  
As with the House of the Lord, what was foundational 
still had to be in place or the building would be ruined 
completely. The basic principles of Christ are not to 
be hidden.

The third floor is almost ready. The market demand in 
our city for such a banquet and meeting facility is large.  
Success is a sure thing.  So too, I believe that the 
processes of the Lord's House rebuilding is approaching
readiness for revival.

-M Woelk.
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