What’s the largest building project you’ve ever undertaken? As I’ve travelled in different parts of the world I’ve seen quite a few different structures. Steel and concrete are the main materials in some countries, bamboo and thatch in others. Some buildings are temporary structures, others are more permanent.
God’s most evident building project is the church. Paul tells the Ephesian Christians
“His intent was that now, through the church, the manifold wisdom of God should be made known to the rulers and authorities in the heavenly realms, according to his eternal purpose which he accomplished in Christ Jesus our Lord. In him and through faith in him we may approach God with freedom and confidence. I ask you, therefore, not to be discouraged because of my sufferings for you, which are your glory.”
God’s wisdom is seen in the church. Unseen spectators are watching this building process as it unfolds in time and in various places. God designed this project to rest upon His Son, our Saviour, Christ Jesus our Lord. Christ is the reason the building exists, the central focus of its design, the standard by which all the ‘subcontractors’ line up their involvement.
It is a thrilling adventure to be a part of the work of the church. Jesus Christ is not only my Lord, he is the Lord of lords and King of kings. I can rejoice with believers from other countries and sing the praises of our Lord.
Access to those in positions of power is very restricted. Access to God is restricted to those who approach Him in Christ and through faith in Christ. After all, Jesus is THE way, THE truth, and THE life. What freedom we enjoy, what confidence we may affirm as we enter God’s presence. Not because of who we are, but because of who HE is.
God’s church leaders often suffer as part of His infinite design. Discouragement is not to be the response of those who watch, though I’m sure perplexity grips hearts. Why should some parts of the church have it ‘so easy’ and others pay ‘such a heavy price.’ Why do some of the charlatans who have woven their way into the fabric of ‘Christianity’ succeed, while genuine servants of the Most High King barely eke out their existence?
I dont’ claim to have any special insight. I just thank God that in His amazing plan, I’ve got up close to those in other lands who are some of His choicest servants. They won’t be making headlines, but even ‘the least of these’ will one day be rewarded by the One they have been called to serve. Until that day, let’s encourage them using whatever means God places at our disposal.