This is the AFLC Schools chapel, located in Plymouth. By observing the structure of the inside of that building, one can see the pillars that hold up the roof. It is a common sight in many churches across the world. Sometimes I wonder if this particular type of structure was used on purpose to highlight this very word we are reflecting on today.
For four months during my college years I worked with a construction company. In that small amount of time I realized that construction work was not for me. Today I’m not here to talk about building buildings. Neither Bob Vila nor Tim the “Toolman” Taylor are writing this post.
What, then, is being built? Simple answer: people. In the book of 1 Corinthians the Apostle Paul uses this word to describe the life of faith in the congregation. 1 Cor. 8:1 “Knowledge makes arrogant, but love edifies.” 1 Cor. 10:23 “All things are lawful, but not all things are profitable. All things are lawful, but not all things edify.” 1 Cor. 14:4 “One who speaks in a tongue edifies himself; but one who prophesies edifies the church.” I encourage you to study the other passages where this word is used to learn more.
We are being edified, or built up, in the faith. As we gather Sunday by Sunday to hear the Gospel of Jesus Christ proclaimed and as we gather around Christ for fellowship, we are built up in the faith. Our faith is strengthened by God’s Word and by the means of grace.
Colossians 2:6-7 nicely summarizes this concept: “Therefore as you have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him, having been firmly rooted and now being built up in Him and established in your faith, just as you were instructed, and overflowing with gratitude."
How have other Christians in our congregation “edified” you? How can God use you to “edify" others?