Summary: A simple message that relates the steps of bricklaying to the Christian life.
Some years ago, I took an evening course in Bricklaying. It was offered by the county Community College and was provided at a local High School. We gathered one night a week, in the evenings, for 2-3 hours to learn the bricklaying trade. I spent a whopping $5.00 for the class (this was in the late ‘70s). I also purchased a trowel for use in the class – that I still have! (other than in that class, I’ve never laid a brick in my life!)
The instructor, Mr. Curtis Bennett, provided the information and techniques we would need to construct a bar-b-q pit, made of bricks that would actually draw smoke up the chimney. (I had my doubts about that…..)
Mr. Bennett taught us the foundations of bricklaying and worked with us, corporately and individually to put his thoughts and strategies into an actual, functional bar-b-q pit. In order to pass the class, we had to lay out and build the bar-b-q pit to his specifications, (level, square, length, width, height, and functionality).
WHY DID IT WORK? Because I followed Mr. Bennett’s instructions as he gave them, listened to his critique, adjusted my work to correctly fit his requests, and conformed my vision and work, to his vision and process. And I passed!! You see, Mr. Bennett was going to judge the final product by his standards, his vision, his demands and his way of doing things. Did I have other ideas and suggestions? Of course! Did that count for anything for the final grade that Mr. Bennett would assign? NO!! He was the experienced bricklayer and I was the novice. He set the standard, he set the vision, and he set the process. It was his class, his experience, and his grading that determined my success or failure.
It is amazing how that the things I learned in that class also applies to our Christian experience and life.
Let me give you a few examples:
First, we needed to know WHAT we wanted to build. DUH!!
You can’t just start throwing bricks together without knowing the end product.
Was it a wall, a house, a fire pit, a bar-b-q pit, a flower box, etc.
And then, what were the dimensions, how long, how wide, how tall, did it have a
roll-lock, what color bricks, etc.
Get a vision of the final product.
“You won’t go anywhere if you don’t know where you are going.”
You have GOT to have a vision.
We MUST have a vision!
Proverbs 29:18, “Where there is no vision, the people perish…..”
We as individuals, as a church, as believers MUST have a vision.
We must have a CORRECT vision.
Jeremiah 14:14, “Then the LORD said unto me, the prophets prophesy
lies in my name: I sent them not, neither have I commanded them, neither spake unto them:
they prophesy unto you a false vision and divination, and a thing of nought, and the deceit of
Jeremiah 23:16, “Thus saith the LORD of hosts, Hearken not unto the words of the prophets that
prophesy unto you: they make you vain: they speak a vision of their own heart, and not out
of the mouth of the LORD.”
What is the CORRECT vision?
Hebrews 12:2 “Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith;”
When laying brick, you need a solid foundation. DUH!
Without a solid foundation, it will be impossible for the brick to be laid correctly.
The bricks will not be level,
the bricks will not be straight,
the bricks will be subject to moving around and,
The finished product will not be dependable,
nor solid – it will be useless, a waste of time, effort and materials.
What solid foundation must we have?
I Corinthians 3:11-12, “For other foundation can no man lay than that
is laid, which is Jesus Christ.”
II Timothy 2:19, “Nevertheless the foundation of God standeth sure,
having this seal, The Lord knoweth them that are his.”
We don’t even have to provide the foundation.
God has already provided it.
It is His foundation,
created by Him (for us),
we just need to make use of it.
Who is Jesus Christ to you?
A historical figure, a character in a book, an ideal, a philosophy….
How can you get this foundation?
“Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and thou shalt be saved.”
That decision will place you on God’s foundation and make you spiritually alive.
In bricklaying, you need certain tools.
A trowel, a level, a tape measure, string, wheelbarrow, sand, mortar, a shovel, mattock, garden hoe, etc.
Luke 6:48-49, “He is like a man which built an house, and digged deep, and laid the foundation on a rock:
and when the flood arose, the stream beat vehemently upon that house and could not shake