08.18.15 – The Legos of Life

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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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48 thoughts on “08.18.15 – The Legos of Life

  1. I really like this, it has one of my favorite books in the Bible (Colassians) and it is very true. This school that is really my main focus, to be a building block and not hang out with stumbling blocks. My youth group have prayed for this all summer. I feel like a lot of people around me at school are stumbling blocks for me and try to tempt me to talk about things that I don’t want to from boys, to social media, to shows or movies I don’t find very appropriate, and gossipping. I am really trying to be a building block and also, be friends with the people I feel like are stumbling blocks to me without engaging in the converations that I don’t approve of. And, as you said, Mr. Martin, we still need to be connected. So, please pray that I will still connected without falling over. All summer I have been with my youth family. All of us, girls and boys, love each other and care bout each other as brother and sister. I hope that we all can become that this year. I do not want to be a stumbling block. And, i am praying that all of us become buliding blocks to each other. Thank you, Mr. Martin!

  2. Wow! Such an amazing summary! I completely agree with everything said. Christians are to be building blocks. We are to build eachother up and encourage eachother, yet we fail sometimes. We are sinners and aren’t perfect. I admit that I can be a stumbling block and I hate to admit it but it’s true. But sometimes I am, I hope, a building block. I hope I build others up and encourage people, I hope I am a light to the lost. Like you said Mr Martin, we are to be connected not separated. I feel this was made a big impact in my youth group over the summer. Over our mission trip we became so close! God brought us close together through us serving Him. I hope that our Bible class can become connected this year as Raina said and I completely agree! I don’t think any of us want to be a stumbling block or tear people down. I know I don’t want to! We, as Christians, should want to build people up and be building blocks and I want and need to be a building block! All of us do! I pray that this year we become connected, brothers and sisters in Christ. I pray that we, as a school, build eachother up, set an example for the younger students. This was an awesome summary, Mr Martin. Thank you so much!

  3. That was a great comparison.I know I have been a stumbling block before and that I have tried to tear someone down before.I completely agree with you pastor Martin that we should build each other up,and not be stumbling blocks.this was some great advice for me and I will try to build others up.I hope that our bible class will also become more like a family throughout this year to and try to be building blocks.

  4. I love this so much Mr. Martin. I think that we, as Christians are to be building blocks for others. We are to encourage them and love them. I think that while everyone at some point will sadly bring someone down as we are all sinners it is most important to focus on not just encouraging people but actually wanting to build each other up in the word.

  5. This is a great message! I really believe I can be a huge stumbling block most of the time and really need to heed this message as a sign saying I could be a piece in someones life that helps them go a long way in life on the right path! And its true that everyone is a sinner and is a stumbling block at times, but also we have the choice and need to choose to try to be a building block as much as we can. And I sure don’t want to be a stumbling block and tear a fellow believer from God’s word or farther from Him! And also that we are all special parts supposed to be connected and help up build God’s kingdom! I really am going to strive to be a building block and strive not to tear people down! I as a believer want to help other believers in Christ and to be the person to spread the seed of Christianity in nonbelievers! I am looking forward to our Bible class so much to be a family that builds each other up constantly so we can fulfill the work of Christ confidently! And we will also learn by building each other up humbleness and selflessness which will take a while especially for some people like me!

    • Klowy! We are all going to have an awesome and encouraging school year! Building blocks! Oh how Christians are called to be in the construction business, not destruction business! Thank you for sharing your thoughts my friend… See ya Tomorrow 🙂

  6. I really enjoyed reading this!:) It really showed me that i am sometimes a stumbling block, which i don’t even realize i am doing. I agree with Ellie we as Christians are naturally sinners so sometimes we are stumbling blocks with out meaning to be. After reading this it made me realize that sometime i fail to be a building block. In the future i will try my hardest to be a building block and not a stumbling block i will try to bring people up and not discourage them, because after all that is what being a Christian is all about, right. 🙂

  7. I believe this message tells us about how we can unite and work together in the sight of the Lord. It also tells us about how everyone is special in their own way and how we shouldn’t disrupt others but instead build them up.

  8. Dear Mr. Martin,
    This blog post really encourages me because I have recently had a Discipleship Now week with my church and the key theme was to Be Brave. This shows me to be brave and to be an encouragement or building block wherever I am. I can go out and be brave like our Theme and help be a supportive block. I am joyed to see how God can tie in a school lesson and a church lesson so closely and yet it can still help others in different ways! Thank you!
    Your Student,
    Nolan

  9. This is a great message, I learned this week at dnow that we have to work together to do great things. Thank you for sharing this message with me i look forward to being building blocks in my friends lives.

  10. I agree with everything said. As Christians, we should always try to encourage other and be building blocks, but it’s true that sometimes we fail and become stumbling blocks. No one is perfect and at times everyone is going to be a stumbling block for someone. We just have to try to build people up and not discourage them. Like Raina said there are a lot of temptations to be a stumbling block all around us and sometimes it’s hard to resist that temptation because we don’t want to be made fun of or judged. We just have to try our hardest to be building blocks and find ways to stay connected so we can see everything God is doing around us.

  11. This has a great message to it. I believe that everyone should at least try to be a building block instead of a stumbling block, but sadly that isn’t always the case. I have come across a lot of people in my life, between church, my old school, and CCS, and I can say that only a few of the people I’ve met were building blocks. At my old school I was always getting picked on, and only had a couple friends, but i still tried to be nice to everyone, because i didn’t know what else to do, but God took care of the situation and i’m in a much better place. At my church i feel that we are connected, but not int the way God wants us to be. We kind of go off into different groups when we are together. I try not to stay in one particular group, I try to spend time with everyone. Sometimes I feel like i need to do something about it, but i never really know what to do. When we are forced to hang out together in one whole group we all get along great, but when we don’t have to be together we go off into the groups. We have youth leaders, they just don’t do anything about it. Now with CCS, I always see us building each-other up. We may joke around with each-other, and we may be mean to each-other, but we never mean it. I have had many people from my church say that they wished they went to my school because we don’t have bullies, and I think to myself yeah that’s right. I sure am blessed to be in the situation I am, even though i may have people around me that are stumbling blocks, I can still be nice to them and try to be their friend and hope that maybe I can help turn them into a build block as well.

  12. This is such a great lesson Mr.Martin! To always try to build each other up, instead of breaking each other down! Today i worked in highlands kids and i got to see all the kiddos sharing with one another and helping each other out from cup stacking, to building a lego restaurant(don’t worry i built a food delivery truck:) but i think they did a great job at being building blocks. Anyways i am defiantly going to try to be more of a building block and i’m going to start by every time i say a negative, no matter if it’s in my head or out loud, i have to say three positives to make up for that one negative! Thanking you for putting time into this blog Mr.Martin!

  13. I agree with everyone. We, as Christians, should try and be building blocks to people and not be stumbling blocks. I try to be a building block to people, but I am sad to say that I can slip up and become a stumbling block sometimes. But, we all slip up sometimes and we can ask God for forgiveness when we do. I will pray to God to help me become more of a building block, and less of a stumbling block. Thank you Mr.Martin!

    • Claire, I love your play on words…”Slip & Stumble.” I do not know if it was intentional, but very creative! Thank you for sharing your thoughts! Honored to be your teacher this year…see ya tomorrow.

  14. This is such a great message. We are all meant to be building blocks. We should all strive to help others around us. It is hard sometimes to know if we are getting in the way of God’s purpose or helping him. It is important to lead others by building up God in our lives.

  15. I really enjoyed reading this Mr. Martin. This is really encouraging towards people to be a building block for other people not to tear them down. I really like the part how you talked about how God gave us our talents and backgrounds and how we should glorify Him with these talents. I went to Disciple Now with Nolan and we talked about how you could encourage people to come to Christ or be a building block for these people so that connects with this blog post pretty well. All in all I enjoyed this article and I’m looking forward to being in your class Mr. Martin.

  16. I really like how you used something that we all can relate with to help us understand these principles. My favorite part was when you talked about that one alone is just a Lego, but if they are combined with other Legos the can help lay foundations, connect roads, and build bridges. When we stand alone we are just a single Christian but if we are united with other Christian we are the body of Christ.

  17. this was such a great message!
    we as Christians should try and be building blocks. but as we know, we mess up and be stumbling blocks sometimes. but its okay because we can learn from it and become what God has called us to.
    nobody on earth is perfect. but we’re not meant to be God were meant to be like him and show his love to those who need it. I loved this message and can’t wait to see you in class tomorrow Mr. Martin.

  18. Cassidy K, I really like the idea of Christians working together and building each other up. The world is a hard place. I think it is important to be kind and make the world a better place. I like this article because it is encouraging. I will try to be a building block not a stumbling block.

    • Cassidy, It is such a joy to have you in class! I pray that God will bless you this year in 7th grade! You are right…we must work together and build each other up…see ya tomorrow my friend 🙂

  19. This is a really great lesson and illustration of how we should be building blocks. I know that in my own life I have struggled with this but I thank God that he is a merciful God. I hope that I as a Christian can be a building block and not a stumbling block.

  20. I agree with this. I especially like the part about how it takes many Christians to make things work, or link together. It really shows how much we need our spiritual family and how important they are. I also like how you said that we can build people up or tear them down. We should especially be careful around new Christians so we don’t become a stumbling block, or tear them down. I believe that you should not just build other Christians up, but also nonbelievers. We should build them up by being a good example and ministering to them.

  21. I agree with this. I especially like the part about how it says the blocks need to work together, or link. It really shows how much we need our spiritual family, and that we can’t be without them. I also like how it says That we need to be building blocks and not tear people down. We need to be careful especially around new Christians so we don’t cause them to stumble, or tear them down. I believe we should not only build Christians up, but nonbelievers too. We should build them up by being good examples and ministering to them. ( if I have 2 comments, that’s because the laptop crashed while it said waiting for moderation)

    • Seeing double! Seeing double! Thank you Maggie! Thank you Maggie! Honored to be your teacher and look forward to class with you this year! Honored to be your teacher and look forward to class with you this year!

  22. Very well said, Mr. Martin! Your message is very inspiring!! Sometimes it’s hard not to compare yourself to others, but we need to realize that we were all made differently for different reasons. I struggle with this sometimes so thank you for the encouragement 🙂 It also helps me realize that I need to be careful with who I associate with and to be a building block and hopefully make new building blocks! I loved reading this and look forward to next week’s assignment and also being in your class this year!

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