As I’ve had a few days to reflect on Sunday’s events, I wanted to share some of my thoughts. First, the words of Paul to the church in Corinth come to mind. Inspired by the Holy Spirit, he writes:
“What then is Apollos? What is Paul? Servants through whom you believed, as the Lord assigned to each. 6 I planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the growth. 7 So neither he who plants nor he who waters is anything, but only God who gives the growth. 8 He who plants and he who waters are one, and each will receive his wages according to his labor. 9 For we are God’s fellow workers. You are God’s field, God’s building. 10 According to the grace of God given to me, like a skilled master builder I laid a foundation, and someone else is building upon it. Let each one take care how he builds upon it. 11 For no one can lay a foundation other than that which is laid, which is Jesus Christ.” (1 Cor. 3:5-11)
Paul is reflecting on the work he had done in the name of Christ to establish a church in Corinth. He marveled how God had used other servants of Jesus to help grow and establish them. Paul saw his place in God’s plan as laying the foundation, and others were used by God to build upon it.
Sunday took me back to our 40th Anniversary celebration, where we marveled and celebrated God’s faithfulness. By God’s grace, the work done by the saints that came before us, has given us a firm foundation. We are now building (both spiritually and physically) on the foundation that was laid. This new addition is a tangible reminder of this truth.
Second, in verse 11 Paul reminds us that the only true foundation is Jesus Christ. As I shared on Sunday, this is not only true for our spiritual growth, but it is also true for this physical growth we are embarking on. The foundation that supports this growth is Jesus Christ. As a church, we must continue to build on the foundation of Jesus. It is by him, in him, and through him that all things were created and are sustained. This is just as true for our church as it is for all of creation.
Third, it was moving to see God’s people lined up around the building site. Those who have been here for years and years, and those who have recently joined our family. It was a wonderful reminder that God’s blessings are just as much for those who have “endured the trials,” and those who are experiencing his blessings without the “blood, sweat, and tears.”
Finally, we were reminded that God’s goodness and faithfulness is from generation to generation. We are blessed to have a group of adults who were raised in this church. They serve and lead our congregation, and some of them are now parents. To see their kids, with all the kids of the congregation, gathered around the shovel was a beautiful sight! This project will certainly be a blessing to the next generation, and by God’s grace, they will grow in the grace and knowledge of Jesus Christ, and one day serve and lead this congregation in years to come.
I pray that each of us, like Paul, can say, “According to the grace of God given to me, like a skilled master builder I laid a foundation, and someone else is building upon it. Let each one take care how he builds upon it.” May we build with expectant hope, knowing that God will bring it to completion.