Laboring in Vain

Sunset over Mountain Range

From Pastor’s Desk: 5-5-19

Psalm 127:1 Unless the LORD builds the house, the builders labor in vain. Unless the LORD watches over the city, the guards stand watch in vain.

Another strong reminder that just because a church can boast of number doesn’t mean it is a healthy church. There are mega churches that appear healthy, but should you examine the people’s lives who are members and/or leaders, in actuality, is not. Then consider the small church in a small town with not so many in attendance or in membership that is very healthy, in that it still teaches and holds firmly to Biblical concepts, precepts, and principles.

No matter what historical time frame, there can be found those in society those who would distort and tweak Scripture to fit their lifestyles. The bigger problem, in my opinion, are those within the church who do the same. This is the bigger problem because they have once known the above mentioned concepts, precepts, and principles. They know what is right and what is wrong, yet choose to apply themselves to Scripture to make it fit them, rather than apply Scripture to themselves to make their lives fit the Bible.

The “house” built in this manner will not stand. James said, “A double-minded man is unstable in all his ways” (1:8).

The premise for a solid structure is, of course, the foundation. If we, spiritually, are building on another foundation other than God’s word, we are building in vain. The foundation must be built on stable, compacted, non-compromising ground. Before laying a foundation for any type of structure, there first must come an inspection on the ground upon which it is being built. There must be a “Compaction Test” that meets specific requirements. Until those requirements are met, the inspector will not “sign off” on the permit to build. Remember, this is first! Before a scoop of dirt can be dug, before a stake can be driven, before any material can be brought on site, there must be an initial inspection.

I have known instances where a contractor would begin before inspection. In those same instances, where there were mistakes, all that had begun had to be torn down or out and, you guessed it, back to “Square one.”

Be careful that you are building on a proper foundation. Make sure the LORD is building your “house.” Otherwise, you are definitely building in vain!

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