Summary: Building by the power of the Spirit as guided by His word, His will and His ways. Paul built by the power of the Spirit of God. He wrote, "When I came to you I did not come with superiority of speech or wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and powe
Paul, the apostle, once wrote, "By the grace of God has given me, I laid a foundation as an expert builder...but each one should be careful how he builds." (I Cor. 3:10) We all know builders whose work stands the test of time. Also, we probably know many more builders whose work does not stand up to rigorous inspections.
Example: Some people will go to great lengths to build something that will outlast their lives. Mr. Eiffel built the Eiffel tower in Paris, but forgot that only what is done for Christ will last. He died in sadness, misery and disillusionment. Paul the apostle, in contrast said, "I know whom I have believed and am persuaded that He is able to keep that which I have committed to Him against that day." (2 Tim. 1:12)
Let us discover what are some of the secrets that Paul employed in his spiritual constructions.
1. Paul built upon the foundational teachings of Jesus Christ. The great apostle knew how important good foundations are for developing people, programs and organizations that can whether any adversity. "No other foundation can be laid except that which is Jesus Christ."
2. Paul anchored all of his ministries to the grace, love and truth found in our dear Savior. (2 Cor. 16:13) Paul wrote, My the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ and the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with us now and forever more."
3. Paul recognized the importance of collaborating with people who were gifted experts in every dimension of the spiritual development process. He did not assume that certain jobs would get done. He said, "I planted and Apollos watered, but God gave the growth." (2 Cor. 3:5,6)
4. Paul took responsibility to see that people, churches and mission projects were brought to maturity through the utilization of synergistic combination of people’ s contributions. "I admonish and teach every man with all wisdom that we may present every man complete in Christ." (Col. 1:27,28)
5. Paul followed the blueprints found in the scriptures. He did not have to invent new designs for each person because Christ’s life provided the ideals.
6. Paul wrote,"Imitate me as I imitate Christ."
7. Paul recognized that without wisdom his labors might be in vain. Only the Lord is able to give supernatural wisdom to construct spiritual people, projects and groups.
8. Paul acknowledged that without the Lord’s blessings nothing could be accomplished for eternity. We should continually take inventory of the things God has done and is doing and give thanks.
9. Paul built with motivations from, through, with, to and for the Lord. One’s reasons for building greatly affect the quality and quantity of our spiritual construction.
10. Paul knew that his building would have eternal consequences for many. By looking at our ministries through the eyes of the Lord we are able to see what others cannot understand.
11. Spiritual builders gain an increasing insight into how their ministries will impact thousands throughout time.
12. Paul built with the living stones of believers. It may be tempting to concentrate your energies in politics, business or secular developmental projects, but only people and God’s word are eternal.