On architects and home builders

1Co 3:9  For we are God’s fellow workers. You are God’s field, God’s building.
1Co 3:10  According to the grace of God given to me, like a skilled master builder I laid a foundation, and someone else is building upon it. Let each one take care how he builds upon it.
1Co 3:11  For no one can lay a foundation other than that which is laid, which is Jesus Christ.

In order to build a house one needs to know the basics of construction.  In the world of building there are construction workers and there are designers or architects.  Both are needed to accomplish the task of any complexity.  One looks at the details, at the micro-level.  They know how to build walls well that will stand the test of time.  The other contemplates the big picture, the aesthetics, the appeal.    What if an architect tried to build a house?  It probably wouldn’t work out too well.  He or she would continue on with their grand designs but inevitably the building would be marred with defects.  Home construction isn’t complicated but missing a few vital steps can ruin everything.

When I take in all the debate in the church I get the impression we have many more architects than builders.  We are so engaged at the level of programs, facilities and management we find ourselves overlooking the basics of ministry.  Because of this we miss out on the simple ways we can build each other up.

  • Love people, ask God for His love for people
  • Encourage
  • Bear burdens
  • Teach
  • Pray
  • Listen to each other, to the Holy Spirit
  • Serve
  • Read scripture together

When I engage in the basics I see a difference in people.  It isn’t revolutionary or novel or trendy or marketable.  Instead of trying to look smart, or be smart or write the next book I can just care about people.  At this point in my life I’m far more comfortable doing that then orchestrating elaborate programs while wondering if I’m really making any difference at all.

  1. #1 by Kelly on February 4, 2009 - 8:08 pm

    hey.. good post. good reminder. thanks for the picture of how our simple actions are the way we build upon the foundation.

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