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January 3, 2018

 

One of my son's favorite activities, to do with dad, is Legos.  He loves getting a new box of Legos and the time it takes for us to construct the 600+ piece contraption.  The build is always filled with challenge and enjoyment and we enjoy the time we spend together. 

 

During our last build "The Bat Cave", God spoke to me on how Legos (yes, the simple toys we love to build but hate to step on) could relate to our walk with Christ.  Consider...

 

1. Legos come with a very complete set of instructions.  In order to complete the build (based on the picture on the box) one has to follow the instructions.  God's Word is our instruction for life.  In order for us to live according to God's Word we must follow the instructions.  We must read the Bible and then live according to what it teaches us.  

 

2. Without fail, during a build, I will make mistakes, lose pieces, or leave something out of the final product.  These mistakes are always frustrating and I find myself wanting to start over, but I'm reminded (often in review of my past faults) that mistakes don't mean failure.  Rather than starting over in life, let us contemplate on our choices and learn from our mistakes.  Life will present many challenges, some that seem impossible to overcome, but remember that our God is able and He goes before us in times of trouble.  He has overcome the world and He will assist you when times are challenging.  Don't give up! 

 

3. The Legos my son picks are always massive projects.  A box often contains 5+ bags with hundreds of pieces.  It is time consuming both physically and mentally.  Often times, because I want to do something else or the pressures of life tell me to quit, I am tempted to stop the build.  It's in those moments that my son will say, "Dad, let's keep going!"  Who could resist those puppy eyes and poked out lips.  Life will present challenges but we must KEEP BUILDING!  

 

4. Legos are just blocks but put together they can be a  masterpiece.  Christians were designed to have fellowship together.  First, with Christ and then together with others.  Together we can encourage one another and build each other up.  Additionally, it is important for us to stick together. 

1 Thessalonians 5:11 reminds us that we are to "encourage one another and build one another up".  In building with Legos, each piece is important.  One piece builds upon the other to create the finished product.  As Christians, let us make God the foundation of our build and then work together with Him and others.  Let God build your masterpiece.  

 

Ephesians 2:10 says, "For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them".  

 

Let's make God the foundation of our life for 2018.  Trust in Him and his instruction and encourage one another to do the same.  

 

Happy New Year! 

Pastor Joe 

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