As God's people, we are in a building program. We are called, even summoned to be builders. What are we to be working on? What are we to be building? Well, Jesus said, in Matthew's Gospel, that He is building His church. If we are going to be working with Jesus and working on what He is working on, then we will be about building His church.
It really goes back to what is in first position in our lives. What or Who holds that top spot in our lives? I've experienced and seen over and over and over that if we are about building His House, He will build ours. Now I'm not talking about showing up to church half heartedly and doing the minimum of what it takes to get "our job or our part" done. We can't have that heart attitude and then expect God to be wowed and do amazing things in our house or our families. Our faith and confidence in God is demonstrated, not just held in our hearts.
Pastor Nate led us in making this confession last night during Night of Prayer before we prayed.
Questions we need to ask ourselves often and so much more as we see the day of Christ's return approaching: "What am I working on - what am I putting my hand to, my heart to, my life to? How am I building? How am I working with Jesus in His building program? And am I doing it His way?"
The Apostle Paul said in 1 Corinthians 3:15:
According to the grace of God which was given to me, as a wise master builder I have laid the foundation, and another builds on it. But let each one take heed how he builds on it.
Like a skilled architect and master builder, I laid a foundation based upon God’s grace given to me. Now others will come along to build on the foundation. Each serves in a different way and is to build upon it with great care. (The Voice translation)
Just as there was a grace from God in Paul to lay the foundation, so there is a grace in each of God's children to build upon. Are we tapping into that grace?