Is Your Plumbline Active or Dormant?

As children at school, we learned nursery rhymes. While at home and church, we learned Bible stories.

As I look at life today, I realize the true reason we will live ‘happily ever after’ is because we accepted Christ as our personal Savior. And now we grow in faith.

Exercise and nutrition are key to taking care of our physical man. But our eternal life is secured with us taking care of our spirit man.  Both are important, but which one is more important? Our physical adds nothing to the spirit man. But the spirit man can make the physical man whole.

Read what the Angel spoke to Zerubbabel in Zechariah 4:6-10, 

6 Then he answered and spake unto me, saying, This is the word of the Lord unto Zerubbabel, saying, Not by might, nor by power, but by my spirit, saith the Lord of hosts.
7 Who art thou, O great mountain? before Zerubbabel thou shalt become a plain: and he shall bring forth the headstone thereof with shoutings, crying, Grace, grace unto it.
8 Moreover the word of the Lord came unto me, saying,
9 The hands of Zerubbabel have laid the foundation of this house; his hands shall also finish it; and thou shalt know that the Lord of hosts hath sent me unto you.
10 For who hath despised the day of small things? for they shall rejoice, and shall see the plummet in the hand of Zerubbabel with those seven; they are the eyes of the Lord, which run to and fro through the whole earth.

Verse 10 is our focus verse to help us understand, ‘small things matter.’

Rev. Norman Kyle, compiled an article entitled What is a Plumbline In The Bible, and What Does

It Mean For Christians?

A plummet is derived from plumbline.

As Christians, the image of a plumb line is  applicable for us as we navigate our lives of faith. In fact, not only is this image useful for Christians. Understanding God’s plumb line also helps us live deeper and fuller Christian lives.

When we think about our lives of faith, it can be easy to believe that a plumb line is somehow limiting or destructive. We see the presence of a standard against which “we are measured” as fundamentally condemning. Does God look at us with a critical eye, measuring out all our imperfections? Sadly, many people have this vision of God. 

The presence of a plumb line is meant, not for condemnation, but encouragement.  Instead of declaring the ways we “get it wrong”, a plumb line declares God’s vision for our lives.  The presence of a plumb line means that God has a desire for us. 

God desires that we live our lives immersed in divine love, grace, mercy, and forgiveness. To immerse ourselves in this reality, however, we must recognize where we step out of the flow of God’s divine love.

God’s plumb line helps us remain spiritually healthy. Our spiritual livelihood needs a reference point that is stalwart and stable. Otherwise, we run the risk of erecting a spiritual life without a foundation. This leaves us clamoring about, attempting to find what works but never knowing where to begin.

A plumb line is a great image for the Christian’s reliance upon holy scripture. The Bible is not an instruction manual, nor a compilation of stories and tales. Scripture is not merely to be read and then put away. God’s Word is to be incorporated into our lives. 

Plumb line declares God’s vision for our lives. To have vision, one must see, and for one to see they must have eyes.

Being equipped with the insight of the plumbline, let’s unpack this verse while replacing Zerubabel with yourself:

  • have you despised small things?
  • as you apply as Zerubbabel did the word of God that is in your hand
  • and not only apply the word but to also by Gods seven eyes which we know to be the seven unctions of God’s Holy Spirit.
  • though the actions of abiding by Gods word and Gods Holy Spirit  seem small. These are the plummet that will lead you into a place of rejoicing.

Our recent study of the seven unctions of the Holy Spirit listed below was not happenstance:

1. The Spirit of wisdom

2. The Spirit of Lord

3. The Spirit of understanding

4. The Spirit of counsel

5. The Spirit of power

6. The Spirit of knowledge

7. The Spirit of the fear of the Lord

After the study we were given an assignment for the week to identify times when we recognize the manifestation of these seven unctions.

The messenger of the scriptures referenced was an Angel. And I end in thanksgiving to God for  the plumbline he applys into our lives as he builds us up to do the work of the Kingdom.



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