Unless the Lord builds it

Psalm 127 has some powerful statements in it:

Unless the Lord builds the house, those who build labor in vain. Unless the Lord watches over the city, the watchman stays awake in vain. It is in vain that you rise up early and go late to rest, eating the bread of anxious toil; for he gives to his beloved sleep.

We don’t want to believe this. We don’t want to look at our Churches and say, “Jesus, you should build this, because I’ve got nothing that will make this work.” We don’t want to rest in what He has done.

The Church

Unless the Lord builds the house… Jesus promised us that He would build his Church (Matt. 16.18). But so often we try to build the Church. When we put programs and people, attitudes and desires above the Gospel, we are trying to build without the master craftsman.

This is ministry suicide.

Sure, people may like the programs and come to hear great motivational speakers. They might share your desires or, after you gossip about the “evils” of the Church, they may share your attitude. But none of these actually build deep, Gospel-centered believers. Most of the time you end up with moralistic, religious churchgoers that don’t know Christ. But Jesus tells us to preach the Gospel. This command is not just for pastors, but for the whole Church. We must preach the Gospel to each other as it is the power of God for salvation for all who believe and in it, the righteous shall live by faith (Rom 1.16-17).

Faith that God will do

The rest of this part of Scripture deals with our faith. By faith, we can leave in God’s hands what He has promised to complete. So at the end of a busy day, we may sleep. And this is a deep sleep, a sleep that is resting in the fact that God has everything under his control. Being stressed about what is going to happen is pointless. Jesus has completed the work of salvation and is completing the work of building his Church.

Rest in Him.


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