“Then he showed me another vision. I saw the Lord standing beside a wall that had been built using a plumb line. He was using a plumb line to see if it was still straight.”
This thing about the plumb line has really caught my attention. The reason being is that it is so relevant to what I have seen this year. My last post, In the Midst, ended with a look at what I see the Father doing. It really is clear to me that there is nothing else but Jesus himself. As Andrew Murray puts it, it is not a matter of “God first”, but “God only.”
I see that the Father is measuring everything again with his son, Jesus. The Father is putting the plumb line that is Jesus himself right into the centre, and he is measuring again. He is checking once more that what was built on Jesus is still straight and still founded and focused on Jesus.
And this is where we come in.
This is where we find out how central Jesus is to us. Are our minds stayed on him? Is it Jesus only for us? Or is he somewhere to the side, here but not central?
It’s amazing how something that is built with a plumb line, something straight and true, over time can lose it’s straightness. If you were to look at what’s been built, you might be convinced of it’s straightness. You might be completely sure that what had been built would still line up with the plumb line. And then at a later time, the plumb line is held up, and you see that what has been built no longer lines up with the plumb line. It’s no longer straight and true.
It all seemed so good though, there wasn’t any problem with what was built, it still worked, it wasn’t falling down. It still served it’s purpose.
And this is exactly what the Father is doing right now. He is holding up Jesus to the very centre of what has been built, and he is asking the question,
“Do you still line up with my plumb line, my son, Jesus himself?”
He has an uncanny ability to rebuild though. It might take the removal of some bricks, it might even mean going right back to the foundations. But he is more than able to help us line up with the plumb line once again. We have to be receptive, our hearts open to receive him. And the key is that we remain with the plumb line in the centre. His promise to us is,
“Behold, I am setting a plumb line
in the midst of my people.”
That promise is for us here and now. This plumb line was used for the original build, but he is setting the plumb line again, right in the centre, so that we might learn how to keep him central, to make this all about him and nothing else. To learn, as Paul did, that it’s no longer I but Christ who lives.
You see, when Jesus is central, things happen.
For today, eat the True Bread, drink the Living Water. Let’s allow the Father to measure us with Christ today.