God is Building His Church
- Date: July 24, 2019
- Teacher: Pastor Star R. Scott
- Scripture: “For we are labourers together with God: ye are God's husbandry, ye are God's building.” (1 Corinthians 3:9)
- From Built By God
We want to look at a couple of verses that speak very clearly about the One who is the builder of our lives, and the Architect and Builder of this kingdom in which we live. Hebrews, Chapter 3, verse 4 says, "For every house is builded by some man; but he that built all things is God." We've talked a lot about the sovereignty of God recently. He that builds all things is God. "And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose" (Romans 8:28). He that builds all things is God. And we are the tabernacle or the temple of God. So, when we look around at our brothers and sisters, and they don't seem to meet our standards, can we remind ourselves that God's the builder? Don't be criticizing God's work. He does all things well. It's not done yet.
First Corinthians, Chapter 3, talks about the diversity of service and the cooperation of the body of Christ. One is sowing, and another is watering. Then he goes down and makes an interesting statement in verse 9. He says, "For we are labourers together with God…" All of us are working together with God to help edify one another, to fulfill the call upon our lives. "For we are labourers together with God: ye are God's husbandry, ye are God's building." I look at this third chapter where it talks about the temple of God and the building of God. It's talking about the church. It's not talking about us individually, that's referenced in the sixth chapter. This is God's work. This is God's building. It's not only this little fellowship but the church universal, and God's doing a work.
What I'm here to say is this: God's building His church. He's the Master Architect and Builder the next verse says. We're going to look at it later. When we get discouraged, let's not criticize. Let's do something we can do: take care of ourselves. Every one of us is just a decision away from destruction. We may think it's the wisest thing we've done, the wisest investment we've made of our time, energy, and gifts, but you're not building this. God is. You have no right to say where you are going to be placed as a living stone in the body of Christ. The Master Builder decides that. Many of us are making decisions that are haphazardly based on our own wisdom, our own experience, and our own goals without asking God, "How does this affect the body of Christ?" Many of us make decisions, and we don't even think about the body of Christ in half the decisions we make. You are not your own. You are not on your own program. There is no "just me and Jesus."
God is building a church, and He wants us to constantly ask Him, "Is this for Your glory? How does this edify the body of Christ?" Isn't it amazing in this whole book of Corinthians that one of the most dynamic parts of it, along with the gifts of the Spirit, the manifestation of the glory, and the power of God, is the key word "edify" in there? How does this build up the church? How does this bring glory to God? How does this edify the church? Tragically today, most of the church is saying, "How does this edify me? How does this raise me up? How does this make me look?" God is building the church; the gates of hell will not prevail against it. He is the Master Builder.