The Abandoned Obelisk

J. D. Conley
September 24, 2017

In southern Egypt, in the quarry of Aswam, lies an unfinished obelisk. It has been lying on the quarry floor for thousands of years. The plans for this obelisk were grand in scale because it was going to be the tallest ever made. At its base it measures 14 ft. by 14 ft. and weighs 1,170 tons. However, it was never finished. Even after a tremendous amount of work had been invested to fashion it, and even though three of its four sides were completed, it never was finished and put on public display. Why? Because a flaw was discovered in the granite, thereby deeming it unfit for its purpose. Except for the flaw, it was a beautiful piece of granite. Yet, because of the imperfection, work on the obelisk was abandoned.

The pagan Egyptians refused to have a faulty obelisk adorn one of their temples or city squares. Likewise, God will reject anything faulty, flawed, or sinful from ever entering heaven. John wrote, "And there shall in no wise enter into it any thing that defileth, neither whatsoever worketh abomination, or maketh a lie: but they which are written in the Lamb's book of life" (Revelation 21:27). He also said, "Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city. For without are dogs, and sorcerers, and whoremongers, and murderers, and idolaters, and whosoever loveth and maketh a lie" (Revelation 22:14-15).

Those marred by sin will not be admitted into heaven. Regardless of how morally good an individual may be, if their life is flawed by unforgiven sin, they cannot be numbered with the redeemed. The good news is anyone can be forgiven of any and all sin (1 John 1:7, 9)! Knowing this, there is no need for anyone to be lost. Jesus died for the sins of the whole world, (John 3:16-17; Hebrews 2:9; 1 John 2:2, etc).

Don't be like the abandoned obelisk, rather become a "pillar" in the church, (Galatians 2:9), upholding the truth in righteousness for all to see, (1 Timothy 3:15).