Updated: Dec 4, 2019
1 Corinthians 3:10, “According to the grace of God which was given to me, like a wise master builder I laid a foundation, and another is building on it. But each man must be careful how he builds on it.”
Here Paul refers to a grace, or ability, given to him to build as a Master Builder. When we think about a Master Builder, we often think about the excellence or teamwork that are involved, both of which are accurate. But the part that is often overlooked, is the eternal dimension.
1 Corinthians 3:14, “If any man’s work which he has built on it remains, he will receive a reward.”
Here we see the Master Builder will be judged and rewarded on how he built. Several years ago, I had lunch with an architect. He asked me a very interesting question: did I know what a Master Builder was? (I’ve learned in those situations, the best answer is “no,” as it gives you a better chance of learning.) The discussion that followed had a deep impact on me as the architect shared three very key elements about the Master Builder.
Key Element #1: The Master Builder has to have a design that is completely functional, even when the materials or technology to accomplish the edifice being built are not yet available. The Master Builder has to have a belief that the vision he casts for the building will stir the hearts of those on the component and technology side of the industry to produce the needed tools.
The foundation the Master Builder lays is not teaching as much as it is vision. He has to have a prophetic sense to see what is happening in the building trades, and he must be able to put it on paper—before anyone else has seen it. The Master Builder’s unwavering commitment to the vision and his detailed plans will inspire participation, to a level that those who become a part of the building would count it a privilege.
The Master Builder functions in two realms—the contemporary, where he builds with his peers, and the futuristic, where he lays the foundation for the next generation. He then operates in the spirit of faith, believing things he has seen will come to pass, while practical laboring on the details.
Next month I’ll share with you the 2nd Key Element.
In the Master's Service,
NRP Apostolic Team Leader