Wednesday, 21 July 2010
Building up the Church
Everyone who is “born again” into the family of God is destined to work in the family business. That business is to see the whole earth released from the bondage of sin and satan, and living under the lordship of King Jesus. God has decreed that this great mission will be accomplished through the church (Ephesians 3:10). That means that as the church becomes all that she should be, the world will see the glory of God and His kingdom will increase.
The church is described as the building (1 Corinthians 3:9) where God dwells; therefore it is not just a pile of unrelated bricks. Each brick should be in the right place and joined to the other bricks around it. This means not simply bringing in more bricks to add to the pile, but making a priority of helping each brick find its place in the building and therefore fulfilling its purpose.
So while it is important to see numerical growth in the church, unless we are seeking to see the people in the church built up and everyone growing, maturing and functioning, we will be nothing more than that unrelated pile of bricks.
How will it be accomplished? We first need to be devoted to fellowship (Acts 2:42-47). That means placing a priority on meeting together with the purpose of encouraging others and being shaped and encouraged ourselves by the ministries that God has placed in the church. Secondly we need to be open to God to use us. We have received the gift of the Holy Spirit and need to understand that that gift is not only for us, but is to be used for the building up of the church. (1 Corinthians 14:5) It’s time to start thinking like a builder. Can we do it? Yes we can....(Sorry, couldn’t resist)