Garland of Grace – 07.05.14

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Spiritual Lessons from the Legos of Life

“But you, dear friends, by building yourselves up in your most holy faith” – Jude 1:20

Every parent knows the pain of stepping on a sharp toy; for there is nothing like a Lego in a dark hallway. This has happened to me a time or two. Yet such an experience can teach us great truths about living the Christian life. So as we massage our injured toes together, let us massage our hearts and minds upon a few spiritual lessons from what I refer to as “the Legos of life.”

To begin with, you can be a building block or a stumbling block. Paul warned the church at Rome about the danger of division in a church family. In His warning, he expressed concern about causing those around you to stumble. In the case of the Roman church, mature believers were enjoying the liberties of the Christian faith to such an extent that it was causing weaker believers in the faith to stumble (Romans 14:21). This illustrates the importance of why believers should act as building blocks rather than stumbling blocks. The truth is that every believer has the capability to be both a building block and a stumbling block. A Lego can either be a building block, or it can be a stumbling block.

Secondly, you must remember that unity does not mean uniformity. When my children construct with Legos, they are not aiming for uniformity. Usually their creation is a kaleidoscope of various colors, shapes, and sizes. And so it is with the family of God. God has not designed His people to be identical clones. Rather He has gifted us with various talents, backgrounds, and abilities. Yet we unite together for one overarching purpose; to glorify our Creator, the Master Builder.

Thirdly, we can choose to be connected or separated. We can lovingly work with fellow believers as bricks in the hands of God, partnering together for the up-building of His kingdom, or we can be disconnected from what He is doing among His people. As we travel through the hallways of life, it’s easy to separate ourselves from the fellowship of God’s people by hiding in the comforts of the world’s shag carpet. That is why it must be remembered that a Lego by itself is just a Lego. But when Legos are linked together, they lay foundations, connect roads, and build bridges. You might just be the missing piece needed to complete the task.

Fourth and finally, you can choose build up or tear down. Paul wrote to the church at Corinth and said, “When you come together… Let all things be done for building up (1 Corinthians 14:16 ESV). To the church at Thessalonica he wrote, “Therefore encourage one another and build up one another, just as you also are doing” (1 Thessalonians 5:11). This truth is echoed in Colossians 2:7 when Paul stressed that the only way that we can build others up in the faith is to have our faith built in the Lord. However, there is an exception to this final principle. The Christian life does call for times when we should tear down walls and barriers that serve as a hindrance to God’s work; for even Jesus Himself was described as doing so (Ephesians 2:14). The truth is, any Lego lover has been on both the construction crew and the imaginary demolition crew at some point while living in his imaginary Lego world.

Submit to the Master Builder today as He takes His sovereign hand and uses you to accomplish His plans and purposes!  I pray the next time your children and grandchildren are constructing with Legos, that you take time out and share these spiritual principles with them. And by all means, watch your step!

 – Pastor Eric

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