“ So with yourselves, since you are eager for manifestations of the Spirit, strive to excel in building up the church.” 1 Cor. 14:12
WE spoke last week about intentionally striving at excelling at building up the church.
That means to have a desire for all people. It means asking God to change our heart to see people the way that God sees them. That we strive for unity.
It also means that we strive to excel or get better at building up the church. We have to be willing to be transparent with each other and call each other out.
In doing so the church will be built up and we will see God move this year.
We are going to focus on two things this term. Two types of building. Building up and building out.
The building up is what we will use to define building our relationship with Christ.
The building out is speaking about how we build our relationships better with his people. So tonight, let’s dig into building up.
We sit he stands (Luke 10:38)
So what do we see here: Jesus begins speaking, Mary begins listening, and Martha begins working.
Think about that, God is in their house and while Mary sits down and listens Martha’s response is to serve him and that house.
At first we think Maratha is sincere; yet in time her true motives are exposed.
Now look at her motives: “Lord do you not care that my sister has left me to serve alone?” See she was serving not because she wanted Christ to be comfortable she was serving to get her worth.
If we are going to build the church it has to start with us being built up first.
And in order to do that we need to remember one thing: We sit. He stands.
We sit he stands (Ephesians 3: 14-19)
The image of Mary sitting is so profound. She wasn’t doing anything but listening. This is where we get built up: at the foot of Jesus. Spending time with him.
You see the same thing in the Sermon on the Mount. Matthew 5 says that the disciples sat at the feet of Jesus. Building up starts there.
He must stand. Be honored, be lifted up, be revered in or lives and we must be humbled, brought down, decrease so we can be built up.
We sit. This is why I am praying for brokenness for each of us. I want us to sit. To stop. But see it is more than that. He has always stood in our place. He took what we deserved. We sit. He stands.
When you sit at the feet of Jesus you seem small but amazed at the magnificence of your maker, you trade your insignificant with being significant to the one who can have everything.
See Paul is speaking as one who is built up. What did he do: He sat and Christ stood.
I was telling my daughter that today. The more you think about how God could leave a perfect union, perfect communion, step out of Heaven, come down, be despised not just by us but by the Father, and do all of that for us our desire to bow down will grow.
The object of our faith (Hebrews 12:1-1)
Here is the deal: the larger your view of Christ is the larger your faith is and the faster you will run. See He too ran to the cross. He saw it as a joy to endure the cross. He knew that through His sacrifice we would gain entry into the Kingdom.
The more you know Christ the more you will want to be with him and the faster you will run. See sitting is submitting your life over to Christ. It means putting it all on the table and saying Lord, I just want to be with you.
It will change the way you approach spending time with Him. He stands.
So, I am asking that we sit. Sit in the presence of God, take in who He is and through that continue to be built up so we can continue to build out.