For we are God’s servants, working together; you are God’s field, God’s building. According to the grace of God given to me, like a skilled master builder I laid a foundation, and someone else is building on it. Each builder must choose with care how to build on it. For no one can lay any foundation other than the one that has been laid; that foundation is Jesus Christ. (1 Corinthians 3:9-11)
Through baptism we are joined in the foundation laid on our behalf by Christ. and God calls us into partnership to further build the kingdom. This is an awesome opportunity and responsibility. We need to make sure that we are using quality materials in our building efforts.
Each time a child is baptized in worship, we are reminded that it is our responsibility as a congregation to provide quality building materials for the child so that he or she may grow in faith. This seems to be a no-brainer…. As a congregation let’s have quality Sunday School, Vacation Bible School, children’s choirs, afterschool programming and youth group opportunities for all the children in our congregation to meet our responsibility. Done, in progress.
However, this “growing in faith” is a life long process. As adults we must take responsibility for continuing to add quality building materials to our faith life. We must ask ourselves, “Are we taking advantage of growth opportunities and adding to our repertoire that helps us grow in faith?” Do we participate in a Sunday School class, a Bible study, or a small group experience that enhances our faith and challenges us to grow? Are we tending to our contribution of building the Kingdom with precious or inferior materials? John Wesley identified those precious materials as those grounded in love than never fails.
Gracious God: Make me mindful of my responsibility to build the Kingdom and encourage my journey to grow in faith. Help me contribute quality building materials founded in love of Christ and for my community.
Sandra DeSobe — Growing in faith