March 6, 2018 – Building For Eternity – Pr. Noleen Mendes

Then as He went out of the temple, one of His disciples said to Him, “Teacher, see what manner of stones and what buildings are here!”

And Jesus answered and said to him, “Do you see these great buildings? Not one stone shall be left upon another, that shall not be thrown down.” – Mark 13:1-2

The disciples were still unaware that things of the world never mattered to Jesus. They seemed to be fascinated by these grand, earthly, temporary structures. But Jesus? Not at all! He doesn’t deny how “GREAT” these buildings are but they’re temporary. The day WILL come when they will be destroyed. Everything built in this world will pass away, except that which we build upon the Rock of Christ. Jesus cared about people and building them up in the faith, to believe in God and in Himself. Building on the Cornerstone of Christ will last for all eternity and never be destroyed.

Evaluating my walk, every so-many-spiritual-miles, is a good way to take a look at what’s really important to me. Is it the building up of my faith? The building up of people? The building up of the Body of Christ? Or…is it the temporary, mundane things? I’m reminded that even the creative things I’ve done over the years, things which I’ve spent a lot of time working on for my or other people’s enjoyment, has already been or will be destroyed.

Some years back, I was listening to Dr. James Dobson tell a story of a high school custodian who once found Dobson’s trophies in a trash can. The custodian boxed it up and sent it to Dr. Dobson. As grateful as he was for the custodian’s thoughtfulness, he did say that one day, these will all end up at the landfill.

Please don’t get me wrong! Temporary things are often used for the building up of things eternal. But when we use our efforts to build up the temporary more than the eternal, that’s when we need to make the adjustment. Evaluating our walk intermittently is imperative to check if we need to make any adjustments.  As Paul says to the Colossians: Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things” (vs. 2).

Father God, I am in a place where I have the opportunity of building into 4 little lives for your Kingdom. This is, probably, the most important mission I am on at this moment. Forgive me when I fail You and fail them. Holy Spirit, please help me to make the adjustments I need to be better at building into them. In Jesus Name…Amen!