Bungling or Building?

When I was younger, it was mostly a question of doing before thinking. So, one morning I decided it was quite impossible to shower in such a small shower. And a day or two later, everything had been pulled out and the outer wall demolished. My handyman/gardener was ready with his spade. Where should he […]

Bungling or Building?

When I was younger, it was mostly a question of doing before thinking. So, one morning I decided it was quite impossible to shower in such a small shower. And a day or two later, everything had been pulled out and the outer wall demolished.

My handyman/gardener was ready with his spade. Where should he start digging the foundation? I gave three long steps in the one direction and four in the other direction. That’s it, I said. I think this is big enough for a bathroom.

Later on, I realised that I had actually stepped and built quite a bit over the building line and that the municipality was missing a few lines on my building plans. But that’s a story for another day.

As the building work progressed, I started chatting to one of the bricklayers about who was the most important in the building process. Obviously, he put up his hand first, because, he said, if the walls aren’t built right, they may collapse and someone can get hurt.

The plumber overheard us and joined the conversation, saying something about tightening bolts and nuts well, otherwise you’ll end up with a leak underneath he tiles, and what a mess then to remove all of that. And you never find the same tiles, so eventually everything must be retiled.

Some more contractors joined and later I had to stop all the chat, because I pay per hour and I could see the clock running and the money running out. And by the way, did you know that a bathroom requires all the trades? This is the reason why many marriages fail.

But wait, let me get back to my story.

As the men walked back to their jobs, I said out loud so that everybody could hear me: “I’m the most important, because if I don’t get your material to the building site, no one can do anything.” They all wanted to comment on that, but I gave them the look…

3Moses was also faithful, but Jesus gets far more honor. A builder is more valuable than a building any day. 4Every house has a builder, but the Builder behind them all is God. 5Every house has a builder, but the Builder behind them all is God…

You and I are builders. All of us received a number of gifts to help build God’s house here on earth. You may have the gift to earn money and now you are building God’s Kingdom by investing money somewhere. Maybe you can work with your hands. Maybe you can give your time and volunteer somewhere.

We as builders are more important than what we build and we know that God is more important than us, because He made us. What matters, however, is whether I’m doing my work well. Even though Moses now and then took a wrong turn, he still did his work and carried out God’s instructions.

When you enter heaven one day, will the people be satisfied with your bungling, sorry, I mean building?

Scripture
Hebrews 3:1-6

Reflection
What are your gifts?
What are you building?
Are you building or bungling?

Prayer
Lord, I know I’m a builder in your New World. I know I must use my gifts, but I don’t know if I’m building or bungling. Amen.

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