Do you know this song? I’m building a people of power, I’m building a people of praise…
I’ve been thinking about what it means to build the kingdom of heaven. It’s like an underground structure – like roots of a tree, which spread unseen, taking in nourishment, to eventually support something large up top.
There’s a building project going on near where I live. The petrol station is being refurbished. Is this an unseen, underground movement? No! Even though the finished result will be unseen, with new petrol tanks in the ground, there’s a huge crane that can be seen all over our suburb.
But the kingdom of heaven is much more subtle. Every time someone discovers that God loves them, there’s another block in the kingdom. Every time someone discovers that they can help someone, there’s another nail in the walls. Every time someone speaks up against injustice, the kingdom grows!
Don’t consider that you can’t be part of a wonderful glorious building project! This one has no council consents needed, no deadline, no budget. It may not be a crystal cathedral, but the kingdom of Heaven is the Best thing to build!
The song goes on “Build your church Lord, make us strong Lord.” Don’t leave it all up to God – pick up your hammer and get building!