How Are You Building?
For we are labourers together with God: ye are God's husbandry, ye are God's building. According to the grace of God which is given unto me, as a wise masterbuilder, I have laid the foundation, and another buildeth thereon. But let every man take heed how he buildeth thereupon. (1 Corinthians 3:9-10)
One person doesn't build most buildings. It takes a team of workers who band together to finish significant buildings.
Here in 1 Corinthians 3:9-10, Paul wrote that we are builders with God, together working on a great task. God does His part, and He asks us to do ours.
Paul also wrote that he was a builder, according to the grace of God. The phrase according to is kata, and it means after the manner of something. Paul stated that his building ability didn’t come from natural skill or experience, but that God Himself, the greatest architect in the world, deposited His strength and wisdom into Paul to make him a master-builder.
Paul walked in the ministry calling of an apostle. That meant his job was to build churches and ministries from the ground up. An apostle needs to look at a clump of dirt and see the potential of what it can become. They can visualize what God wants to do. But that architect doesn’t build a building by himself either. He needs plumbers and electricians and roofers and carpenters.
God puts a visionary in a church first, an apostle, but quickly fills the church with all manner of other skilled individuals to help build what God has planned to do in that house. We all have specific assignments, but we are all needed to build what God plans.
Practical Application – Find someone who volunteers at your church in a different capacity than you do and thank them for their contribution to the body. Remind yourself that every member of the body has an essential role in God’s house.
Matthew 16:18; Luke 14:28