“We are God’s building.”

Have you ever run across a verse that made you say,”What???”  Hahaha…. well, I said that the first time when I read the story of the talking donkey in Leviticus or somewhere in the very beginning of the Old Testament.  Just now in the Starbucks of Downtown Franklin, TN, I just came across another verse.  This is what I saw right at first:

“You are God’s field, God’s building.” (1 Corinthians 3:9)

While both statements are really insightful, I especially liked the second half of that verse–that we are God’s building.  Here’s what the rest of that passage says:

“According to the grace of God given to me, like a skilled master builder I laid a foundation, and someone else is building upon it.  Let each one take care how he builds upon it.  For no one can lay a foundation other than that which is laid, which is Jesus Christ  (1 Corinthians 3:10-11).”

The reason why I liked this passage so much was because it shows just how much we all have an influence on one another.  Paul states that he laid the foundation of Jesus Christ in the lives of church members of Corinth, and others build upon that foundation.  Since it is you and me, though, that are building upon this foundation, we certainly have to be careful!  Naturally, we are sinful and inexperienced when it comes to building spiritual houses, especially since we are still being built ourselves!

Not only are we just any building, though.  We are God’s temple! (1 Corinthians 3:16)  Woah!  We should definitely be careful now in how we are being built since we are His temple.

My challenge for you today is to think of yourself as God’s temple that is still under construction.  Who will you allow to lay each brick of your spiritual house?  How will you construct the walls or framework of the spiritual house of one of your friends or family members?

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2 responses to ““We are God’s building.”

  1. So true Sarah! We have to be so careful who or what we allow to influence us. It’s so easy to walk down the wrong path. And I think it gets more difficult and complicated as we get older. We start out with good intentions and plans, but then life happens and gets really hard sometimes, and you wish so badly that you could go back and start over and make better decisions than you did the first time around.

    • I know! I’ve definitely felt the exact same way, but the great news is that God is always in control! It’s so easy to forget this especially when we feel as though we’ve made some bad decision that “is against God’s will for us to make.” It’s easy to think that way, but Ecclesiastes 3:15 says, “That which is, already has been; that which is to be, already has been.”

      God has really given me comfort through that verse because it reminds me that no matter what I do, God already knows it and is ready to forgive it. Actually, He knew about it before I even existed! He still stands waiting for me to run to Him with the problem rather than run from Him. Definitely easier said than done, but praise God that He’s patient, faithful, and seems to have a good sense of humor to deal with us! haha Sorry for the long response, but you brought up so many great points in your comment!! Thanks for sharing, E! :)

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