Stories, thoughts and reflections on the Bible from the WSFC Staff.
I’m not much of a builder. I stumble my way through the occasional Ikea furniture project, but not without the help of my wife. Because of this, those who have even the most basic engineering skills have always impressed me. My brother, for instance, built his own kitchen table and it looks amazing. Not only that, but he built the shed he uses to start other building projects. He is a builder, just like my father. My mother, on the other hand, creates beautiful works on art. She has no training. She just decided one day that she wanted to paint. In her own way, she is also a builder.
Many facets must be in place to get a builder’s job done. Building takes vision. It takes the right tools. It takes patience and resilience when what we set out to build doesn’t turn out exactly like we intended it to.
We have all been called to build something. Our Father, the creator of the heavens and earth, has put that in us. We may not be able to build tables and sheds. We may not create works of art. However we can all build the life God intended us to live.
We are called to build our lives to reflect God’s image (Gen. 1:27). That image has been marred by the sinful nature we’re born into. But we participate in the work of the Creator as we submit to the Potter’s remolding. (Jer. 18:1-6).
God has given us His Word to build with. His Word gives us the vision of what our life should look like. (Ps 119:105; Mt 7:24-27). His Word digs up the old, unstable ground we used to build on and exposes the sure foundation we will now rebuild on (Heb 4:12-13; Is 33:6). His Word guards us from getting off track. (Ps 119:9). Jesus, who is the Word, is the cornerstone which ensures our life has a standard to compare our efforts to. (Jn 1:14; 1 Peter 2:4).
The beauty of His Word is that it will never pass away or change. (Mt. 24:35; Ps. 119:89). That is because it was written by God. It is this unchanging God who inspired its 40 imperfect authors to write the 66 perfect books which make up His love letter to us (2 Tim. 3:16). It has stood the test of time, wars and translations and continues to be spread all across the world.
We are not only called to build our own lives with His Word. We are called to build up others through it (Eph. 4:15-16; 2 Tim. 4:3; 1 Tim. 4:13; Mt. 28:18-20). His Word, which points to the good news of Christ from beginning to end, is the power of God to salvation (Rom. 1:16). We are called to rightly divide it (2 Tim. 2:15) and deliver it in love. It is through the power of His scripture that we become the builders we were originally designed to be; builders who reflect our Father’s image.
I may never build a table or a shed. I may never create art with paint and brushes. One thing that I know I can do is submit to God’s handiwork so I can be prepared to do what He called me to do (Eph. 2:10). He has given me His Word as the unbelievable tool to use from start to finish.
-Pastor Cris Buck