“Unless the Lord builds the house, those who build it labor in vain. Unless the Lord watches over the city, the watchman stays awake in vain.” (Psalm 127:1)
Psalm 127 was written by King Solomon. In the book of 1 Kings we see that in response to Solomon’s faithfulness, the Lord offered to give him anything he wanted. He could have asked for enormous wealth, success or power but instead Solomon asked for wisdom. In 1 Kings we see that God gave him “wisdom and understanding beyond measure.”
In this Psalm we see King Solomon warn that if the Lord is not building the house, anyone who is busy building it is laboring in vain. The word “vain” doesn’t just mean someone who looks in the mirror too much. Based on the dictionary definition, if we’re building without God we’re creating something worthless, ineffectual, and of no real value. I don’t know about you, but after reading that I don’t want to build anything that God’s not building too.
In His entire life Jesus promised to build one thing: His Church. That’s it. His Church was Plan A…and there is no Plan B. Jesus is still using fisherman, shepherds, and ordinary sinners that have been radically changed by His grace. He hasn’t given up on His church and He hasn’t given up on you. When we focus on building our own house with our own selfish desires it will never stand. But when we partner with Jesus to build His Church and serve and honor others in our spiritual family and beyond, we advance His Kingdom on the earth.
Prayer: Father, thank you for Your Church. I want to build the things that you build. Help me to lay down my own selfish endeavors and join you to advance Your Kingdom. Amen.