Psalms 127:1-2 – “Unless the LORD builds the house, They labor in vain who build it; Unless the LORD guards the city, the watchman keeps awake in vain. 2 It is vain for you to rise up early, to retire late, to eat the bread of painful labors; For He gives to His beloved even in his sleep.” NASU
I love mornings! It is a time before all others arise that I can sit before the Lord with my cup of coffee, bible and have some pleasant conversation with the Lord without interruption. Today, the Lord of Hosts reminded me of these passages and spoke to my heart.
Tragically, all of us and especially those in ministry sometimes forget WHO is doing the building of the house. It really doesn’t matter if we are talking about the ‘house’ we call the church, the ‘house’ we call our life, the ‘house’ we call our family, etc. The fact remains that the ultimate builder is THE LORD! We are only laborers in the work of the Kingdom, not the architect, He is. We only follow directions, we drive the nails, carry the lumber, paint the walls, lay the carpet, shingle the roof – – HE BUILDS!
I’ve heard the statement, through the years, “I’ve got to grow my church.” First, it’s not your church. Second, you are not the one growing it. One sows, one waters, but its God who gives the INCREASE! I’ve heard preachers at meetings discuss the size of the church they were leading and some of the numbers were quite liberal. I know because I’d been in some of them just weeks or months earlier and there were no numbers even remotely resembling the numbers suggested. It is like I heard a preacher say once when asked how many they were running in church. He said, “We are running 500 but only catching about 125.” It is the Lord who places stone upon stone and uniquely fits and frames us together to make that portion of His church that we are functioning in. He chooses our place in the framework and who we are to labor alongside. He chooses our gifts, talents and/or function within the body and when we submit to His choosing we find our labors productive.
Sadly, there are too many times when we do not want to be where He has placed us, doing what He has chosen and working with whom He has positioned us beside. We want RECOGNITION! Christ Body is ONE BODY and He is the HEAD of that body. He is the builder, He is the ultimate guard of the work and all the labor we can do outside His guidance, gifting and direction are VAIN! God will work even while we sleep if we rest in Him and allow Him to be the Head of HIS CHURCH.
Paul described it so beautifully in 1 Corinthians 12:12-31 – “For even as the body is one and yet has many members, and all the members of the body, though they are many, are one body, so also is Christ. 13 For by one Spirit we were all baptized into one body, whether Jews or Greeks, whether slaves or free, and we were all made to drink of one Spirit. 14 For the body is not one member, but many. 15 If the foot says, “Because I am not a hand, I am not a part of the body,” it is not, for this reason, any the less a part of the body. 16 And if the ear says, “Because I am not an eye, I am not a part of the body,” it is not, for this reason, any the less a part of the body. 17 If the whole body were an eye, where would the hearing be? If the whole were hearing, where would the sense of smell be? 18 But now God has placed the members, each one of them, in the body, just as He desired. 19 If they were all one member, where would the body be? 20 But now there are many members, but one body. 21 And the eye cannot say to the hand, “I have no need of you”; or again the head to the feet, “I have no need of you.” 22 On the contrary, it is much truer that the members of the body which seem to be weaker are necessary; 23 and those members of the body which we deem less honorable, on these we bestow more abundant honor, and our less presentable members become much more presentable, 24 whereas our more presentable members have no need of it. But God has so composed the body, giving more abundant honor to that member which lacked, 25 so that there may be no division in the body, but that the members may have the same care for one another. 26 And if one member suffers, all the members suffer with it; if one member is honored, all the members rejoice with it. 27 Now you are Christ’s body, and individually members of it. 28 And God has appointed in the church, first apostles, second prophets, third teachers, then miracles, then gifts of healings, helps, administrations, various kinds of tongues. 29 All are not apostles, are they? All are not prophets, are they? All are not teachers, are they? All are not workers of miracles, are they? 30 All do not have gifts of healings, do they? All do not speak with tongues, do they? All do not interpret, do they? 31 But earnestly desire the greater gifts. And I show you a still more excellent way.” NASU
We are His Body and He is the Master Builder of His Church of which we are a part! Let’s set our hearts to blooming where He has planted us and allow Him to decide what position or placement in His Church we are to function in. I only want to do Your will Oh Lord! My prayer is, “Mold me and make me Lord.” I sit here today with the song on my heart – “I Surrender All”. That is the ONLY place to be, in TOTAL SURRENDER to the King of Kings and Lord of Lords!
Blessings as you begin your week. Rest in the Lord, building His Church is His responsibility, yours is to do what He directs you to do! In doing that, His Church will rise to the greatness that He has desired and designed and you will fulfill your purpose in the Kingdom!