We live in a world where there are constant forces that seek to tear us down. As a result we experience discouragement, fear, despondency, and many other challenging emotions.
In the midst of this tearing down there is a building up that is critical to our well being as believers. It is a building up that we all need to experience on a regular basis if we are to live in the reality of God’s purpose for our lives. The word of God speaks repetitively of our building up.
The early church was “being built up; and going on in the fear of the Lord and in the comfort of the Holy Spirit, and continued to increase” (Acts 9:31). Paul commended the elders in Ephesus to “God and to the word of His grace, which is able to build you up” (Acts 20:32). We are to “pursue the things which make for peace and the building up of one another” (Rom 14:19). As we function as healthy members, the body of Christ “builds itself up in love” (Eph 4:16). After being rooted and grounded in Christ we are “now being built up in Him and established in our faith” (Col 2:7). We are to “encourage one another and build up one another” (1 Thess 5:11). We are “being built up as a spiritual house” (1 Peter 2:5) and we are “building ourselves up in our most holy faith” (Jude 20).
This building up is not just a natural encouragement that comes from our circumstances being good. It is a much deeper and impactful building up that affects us at a spiritual level and causes us to touch life in the Lord.
As children of God we need to learn how to engage the Lord and each other in such a way that we experience this building up within ourselves. We are built up as we come to the Lord in faith and receive from Him. We are also built up as we show love and care for one another. Let’s seek the Lord for our building up as well as encourage one another to be built up whenever we have opportunity.