Pastor’s Pen: Honor the builder
I grew up near the beach in an area where many would come to vacation and retire. This made it an ideal place for construction and resulted in many high-end, elaborate houses.
My dad, being in construction, was able to be part of building some of those. There are times when we’ll drive through a housing development and he’ll say, “We built that one.”
The house can have huge windows, a vaulted ceiling, complicated roofing, and be the most elegant house there; but it’s not the house that made itself look like that.
We say, “What a great looking house!” however, the credit doesn’t belong to the house. The credit for how marvelous it turned out belongs to the builder.
Many times we look at a pastor or leader and say, “What a great person! Look at how spiritual they are!” That’s fine, but the real credit goes to Christ. He is the Master Builder. Hebrews 3:1-4 says it this way,
“…fix your thoughts on Jesus, the apostle and high priest whom we confess.
He was faithful to the One who appointed Him, just as Moses was faithful in all God’s house. Jesus has been found worthy of greater honor than Moses, just as the builder of a house has greater honor than the house itself.
For every house is built by someone, but God is the builder of everything.”
Today, when you see a fellow Christian following God well, encourage them by letting them know their “house” is looking good, giving thanks to God, the builder, for His wonderful work.