Letters to Jesus (Similes, Metaphors & Paradoxes)- 16
Somebody once suggested that we think of ourselves as “builders.’ It’s at least an interesting metaphor seasoned with grains of truth. When we look to the past and see people upon whom we have formed our lives, they become “builders” of who we are. Parents, friends, teachers, spouses, and writers have built us. So too are we “builders” of others. We, someday, will be part of someone’s past that influences their future. It’s an awesome image to conjure this big picture of ongoing construction and make oneself an integral part of it. Yet it’s a simple enough metaphor by which to picture one’s individual place in the grand scheme of things. As anyone in the construction trades, we sharpen our building skills as we go along – growing and learning form our mistakes as well as from the mistakes of others. The strength or weakness of what we build has a lot to do with how well we hone these skills.
When we think of building up the Body of Christ there is much meaning gained from stepping back and looking at “our building” and our skills. The memories and influences of other “builders” who have contributed to our building come to mind. Then the foreshadowing of our skills and what they have accomplished as played out in others in the future comes to mind. Have I actually built up my wife, brother, children, grandchildren and friends? Have they built up me? An examination of things in this light is revealing. I guess, for one thing, it shows how mutually dependent upon each other we actually are – even if we don’t think about it. There is a line from a hymn: "Let us build the City of God", that sketches out succinctly this whole idea. For Your kingdom to come, we must build it.