Designed for His Glory

Designed for His GloryWhen structural engineers design a new bridge, they consider three types of loads: the dead load, the live load, and the environmental load. Assessing each potential load ensures that the bridge can carry its weight without collapsing.

The dead load is the total weight of all the structural materials needed to build the bridge.
The live load consists of the weight added onto the bridge when it transports cars, trucks, and passengers.
The environmental load accounts for the invariable stress from wind, earthquakes, and other extreme conditions.

Each type of load can also illustrate an aspect of Christian discipleship.

The Dead Load

When life is all about me, it’s easy to manage because I’m concerned only with my own needs.

Someone once said that [tweetable]the smallest package in the world is a person all wrapped up in themselves.[/tweetable] However, this is a dangerous mindset because as Christians, we are called to love and care for others. Jesus always considered others more important than Himself.

“And I will say to my soul, ‘Soul, you have many goods laid up for many years; take your ease; eat, drink, and be merry’”

But God said to him, ‘Fool! This night your soul will be required of you;
then whose will those things be which you have provided?’
So is he who lays up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God.”
(Luke 12:19–21)

The Live Load

Jesus wants His followers to become like a bridge for others.

In His design, He strengthens us with His welder’s torch. It’s His holy heat that purifies us into vessels of honor, able to withstand the weight of trials. He fashions us into uncompromising disciples who will make Him known.

Like a bridge with a live load, He uses us to transport unbelievers from the kingdom of darkness into the kingdom of light.

We are hard-pressed on every side, yet not crushed;
we are perplexed, but not in despair;
persecuted, but not forsaken;
struck down, but not destroyed.
(2 Corinthians 4:8–9)

The Environmental Load

In the storm we find His grace and His design to use it all for His glory.
Even as the Holy Spirit leads us, unpredictable tsunamis come to test our faith.

We may be led into deep waters, where the pain is severe and storms threaten to destroy us. And yet it’s within the storm, alone with Him, where we surrender once again. In the storm we find His grace and His design to use it all for His glory.

For I am already being poured out as a drink offering,
and the time of my departure is at hand.
I have fought the good fight,
I have finished the race,
I have kept the faith.
(2 Timothy 4:6–7)

Designed & Built for His Glory

Like a bridge, you were engineered to carry the dead load, the live load, and the environmental load to ensure that you could carry the weights of life without collapsing. Seek to apply these truths to your life by praying to God the following prayers:

Give me a heart for others. Design me into Your bridge, and teach me to carry others to Your throne of grace.

Lord, keep me from selfishness. Help me to build up others and use my time and resources for Your glory.

Help me call out to You in the storms. Keep my focus more on You and less on me. Fill me with Your grace. Let my life bring You glory.


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