I’ve worked on a few construction projects and encountered different building superintendents… Some are aloof, simply show up occasionally, examine things, give a few orders, scold a bit and disappear. Others jump right in there with you, give you a sense of “team,” offer some suggestions, make the tasks enjoyable and applaud progress… you never have the sense of them “not being there.”
In the task of Church building, I believe the Lord is the second kind of “building superintendent” or “site superintendent!” We are “God’s fellow workers” or as another translation puts it, “laborers together with God. (Check out 1 Corinthians 3:9-17)
The Lord is building His church – the “temple” where He manifests His presence! It is a big important project! The firm, strong foundation is Jesus Christ! We participate in the building process – He uses us!
We need to give Him our best and build with things that endure! He’s no slouch and wants our best. What we do – what we have done – will be tested! Is it enduring – can it stand the test?
Apostle Paul, “a skilled master builder,” inspired by the Holy Spirit gives this warning: “Do you not know that you (plural in the Greek – “You all”) are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells among you? If anyone destroys God’s temple, God will destroy him! For God’s temple is holy, and YOU are that temple!”
But hey, take it from me, no one better to work with (and under) than God! He makes me want to give my best effort and invest quality workmanship in the “Temple” He’s building!