“By the grace God has given me, I laid a foundation as an expert builder, and someone else is building on it. But each one should be careful how he builds” 1 Corinthians 3:10
Ever wonder why we did not drop dead and go to heaven immediately when we confess our faith to Christ? God don’t want us to be redeemed from fire of hell so that we can enjoy heaven. The reason we are saved is so that we can be light and salt of the earth, and by doing so, we become kingdom builders – building the kingdom of God (Matt 6:10).
Noah built the ark. Abraham built altars. Moses built the tabernacle. Solomon built the temple of God. Today, you and I are also called to build. Here are five characteristics we need to cultivate if we are serious in becoming a kingdom builder
(1) Make God the foundation of our lives (Pro 24:3). If we are building, we need to build on a foundation that doesn't change. Everything else in life will change except God. Make God the foundation of our lives so that we will build on a strong, firm and unchanging foundation. (2) Remember that love matters most (Gal 5:6b). Jesus sums up the entire Bible by in one word “love God and love neighbor” The subject is love. Without love, we are not living but merely existing. The attitude of building should be of love, and not out of duty, of grumbling or complaining. (3) Build with the right companion (1 Cor 15:33). We are better together. The process and journey will be more effective and constructive when we partner together with people of faith. (4) Commit to God’s divine purpose (1 Jn 2:17). There is no great people. Only great causes. Great people make great commitment to a great cause. We need something bigger than ourselves to bring out the best of us. What’s bigger than God’s will to make disciple of all nations? (5) Have courage to stand alone (2 Sam 10:12). Have courage to stand up and stand against the majority. Have strong conviction. Have strong solid foundation. Fear the disapproval of God rather than disapproval of friends or society.
In life, we are either an obstructionist, destructionist or constructionist. Which will you choose to be? I pray that we will be careful on how be build. As we celebrate 80th Anniversary, let us move forward together as a loving and caring community of God’s people in building His kingdom according to His purpose for His glory and on His solid foundation.
Pastor Michael Leong