I was observing the demolition of the building near to our church building a little while ago. It was fascinating to see the digger smash the building apart with its specially designed tool. And as I looked on I saw all the intricacies of the building just being torn apart.
It set me thinking about the contrast between building and demolition in the kingdom of Christ.
- Demolition is so easy. It does not take a lot of care. All you need is sufficient power and a suitable tool and everything is soon demolished. And so it is in the church. If you have the desire it is very easy to bring demolition into a church. Just get a bit of explosive or a piece of machinery and go for it. Launch those words, send that e-mail. tell that lie, criticize that person. Away you go and see the havoc you can wreak. Blood and scares all over the place as you go about your nefarious work.
- Building is of a completely different order. To build takes care and takes skill. It also takes planning. No decent building ever was completed without a proper plan. Bricks have to be aligned properly. Appliances have to be fitted the right way and in the right places and properly connected to the services. And of course you need a good solid foundation. How true this is of the church. How we need to be careful in the ministry of building in the church. We always start with the foundation of Jesus Christ. We should ever start from him as the foundation. As Paul says For no one can lay any foundation other than the one already laid, which is Jesus Christ (1 Cor. 3:11). And then all the careful building. It is interesting to see in 1 Corinthians 14 how Paul relentlessly drives home to the Corinthians how they need to be involved in edification. They need to to be using their gifts for building up. It takes great care to perform this work. It is laborious and hard, but it is the work God wants us to be involved in.
And so what about me – am I a demolisher or a builder? One is easy, the other is hard.