Lessons From LEGO

“According to the grace of God which is given unto me, as a wise masterbuilder, I have laid the foundation, and another buildeth thereon. But let every man take heed how he buildeth thereupon. For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ. Now if any man build upon this foundation gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, stubble; Every man’s work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man’s work of what sort it is. If any man’s work abide which he hath built thereupon, he shall receive a reward. If any man’s work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire.”

‭‭1 Corinthians‬ ‭3:10-15

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In these verses, we see the importance of how we build our life. Paul is telling the people of Corinth to take heed or pay attention to what is built on the foundation of their life.

The first thing about building anything, you have to have a foundation or a starting point. The foundation for the Christian life is Jesus Christ. There is no other foundation but Christ. You have to have Him as your Saviour if you want to have a successful life. You can do all the things the Bible tells us to do but with Christ as your Saviour, you have no foundation and a weak life.

Whenever people say the word ‘build,’ I think of LEGO. Yes, I think of the building blocks. I love building LEGO sets! I love exploring the creativity of my mind when it comes to LEGO.

As I was reading the above verses, I thought about my experience with LEGO and some lessons that can be learned from them to use in our life.

Lesson 1: There is a process to reach the final product. What do I mean by this? To get the final product, you have to follow the instructions. You do not just open a box of LEGO and the model comes out completed already, you have to follow the process. The Christian life is a life where we are always following the process to get to the final product, to be like Christ. This is a lifelong process for the Christian! This leads right into the next lesson.

Lesson 2: Without the instructions, you will not reach the final product. Maybe on a little set you can get close and figure out how to put all the pieces together, but on a bigger set, you will have so many pieces and there may be some that you don’t even think go to the set! Without our instruction manual, the Bible, the Christian wouldn’t know what is needed to be done to become like Christ, to be holy like Him. We would be out here guessing and trying to do whatever we thought was best, it is a good thing that we have the King James Bible to instruct us in life.

Lesson 3: There is a specific order to the instructions. The instructions given in the LEGO set start at number 1. Then it ascends from there. When you are building the LEGO set, you have to build it in order of the instructions, if you go out of order, you will mess up and you will forget to add pieces. In the Christian life, there is a specific order that God has given us. It starts with salvation, then baptism, and then from there you have a walk with God, church attendance, tithing, spreading the Gospel and more. But if you don’t get the order correct, you will end up with a messed up life. It amazes me that many people, many Christians, know the order that God has given for different things in life, yet we do it our own way and then blame God for the mess we are in. Remember this, you can start over on a LEGO set if you mess up, but you cannot start over in life if you mess up!

Lesson 4: There are specific pieces to the LEGO model. How crazy would it be if LEGO just threw in a bunch of random pieces into the set. You would probably wonder where they go and if you were missing instructions for them. It would be confusing for the builder. Satan is out here, trying to throw extra pieces into our life as we build. He is trying to confuse us and distract us from reaching the finished product that God has for us.

There are many lessons that we can learn from a simple building toy like LEGO. If we follow the instructions and use the correct pieces, we will end up with the final, finished product.

In the Christian life, if we begin with the correct foundation and build upon that with materials of gold, silver and precious stones, then we will end up with a product that is pleasing to the Lord. Too many Christians choose to build upon their foundation with wood, hay and stubble and the Lord is disappointed with their life because it was a selfish life.

One day, we will stand before Christ and we will answer for what we did here on earth. Our life will be on display for everyone. What will your finished life look like? Will it be a mess with wrong pieces, missing pieces? Or will it be a life that is finished and brings honour and glory to God? It is your choice what you build upon the foundation of Christ. Whether you follow instructions or not, the pieces you use, it is your choice!

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4 Ways to Build Your Life

Colossians is one of those books of the Bible, that although it is short, it is packed with many truths! I love reading Paul’s epistles as they are all pointed, practical and powerful and if we take the truths that are found in them we can perform, persevere and prosper in the Christian life like he did.

“For this cause we also, since the we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to desire that ye might be filled with the knowledge of his will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding; That ye might walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God;” Colossians 1:9-10 The goal of the Christian life is to walk worthy unto the Lord. Living a life where everything we do is pleasing unto Him. Where we are fruitful in good works. A life where we increase in knowledge unto God. In vs 9, we see that Paul was praying for these things for the church of Colosse. Praying for these things in others is a good thing. But just because you pray for someone, it is up to them to live for Christ. Same if someone is praying for you, it is up to you to live for Christ.

How do we live a life that is worthy unto the Lord? Well, we have to build our lives in Him.

  1. Build Downward. “If ye continue in the faith grounded and settled, and be not moved away from the hope of the gospel, which ye have heard, and which was preached to every creature which is under heaven; whereof I Paul am made a minister;” Colossians 1:23 We need to be grounded and settled in the faith. We need to be grounded settled in the Christian life. If our faith in Christ is settled, than we will be able to build upon that. Foundations are built below ground level, where no one can see them. We know they are they because there are buildings all around us that have withstood strong storms, due to their foundation. We don’t always think about the foundation of the building, but it is there and it is doing its job. Our foundation of faith needs to be grounded and settled, others may not see it, you may not even think of it daily, but it needs to be there so when that storm comes, you do not waver, you stand strong. Build downwards in your life, build that foundation of faith…as that is the first building block you need to walk worthy unto the Lord.
  2. Build Upward. “As ye have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk ye in him: Rooted and built up in him, and stablished in the faith, as ye have been taught, abounding therein with thanksgiving.” Colossians 2:6-7 The first part of vs. 6 says “As ye have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord…” That is building downward with your faith in Christ. Than these verses go on and say “Rooted and built up in him…” You can’t build up until you are rooted. You can’t build up until you build downward. You will never see a roof before a foundation at a construction site, it is not smart building. Same with the Christian life, if all you have is some walls and a roof and you have no foundation in Christ, you will be gone with the first storm. Once you have the foundation, you begin to build upward by walking with with Him everyday in Bible reading and prayer.
  3. Build Inward. “If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God. Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth. For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God.” Colossians 3:1-3 The way you build inward is by setting your affection on the things of Christ. When you do this, your life will reflect that. What is in your heart will come out in your attitude and your actions. Your affections affect your attitude and actions. If you have your faith in Christ, if you are walking with Christ, and if your heart is set on the things of Christ; then you are on your way to building a great life with Christ.
  4. Build Outward. “Walk in wisdom toward them that are without, redeeming the time.” Colossians 4:5 Once you have built yourself up in Christ, it is time to help others build themselves up in Christ. We waste too much time on our own selfish reasons that we forget that the Christian life is all about others. Once we realize that living for others, serving others, telling others about Christ is the main thing of the Christian life…and we do it. Once that happens then we can say that we have built our life in Christ and on Christ. We will never be able to build outward and build others until at first we build ourselves.

Build your life on Christ, in Christ and then help other build their life in Christ. Each one of these four steps is a necessary step in building our Christian life, but you have to build in order and then get to a point to help others to have a successful Christian life.

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