MASTER BUILDER Part 3
Updated: Dec 4, 2019
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.
Key Element #2: The Master Builder is a continuer. Prophetic insight and vision initiate movement, but must be followed by repeated and persevering action. The Master Builder who is aware of this has to have a qualified protégé, a disciple who is as committed to the end product as he is.
1 Corinthians 3:10-15, “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. For no man can lay a foundation other than the one which is laid, which is Jesus Christ. Now if any man builds on the foundation with gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, straw, each man’s work will become evident; for the day will show it because it is to be revealed with fire, and the fire itself will test the quality of each man’s work. If any man’s work which he has built on it remains, he will receive a reward. If any man’s work is burned up, he will suffer loss; but he himself will be saved, yet so as through fire.”
We have noted that this text is not only speaking of a team in a contemporaneous sense, but one that is successive, or generational. Look at verses 14-15 again: If any man’s work which he has built on it remains, he will receive a reward. If any man’s work is burned up, he will suffer loss; but he himself will be saved, yet so as through fire.
These verses bring an eternal dimension into play. The Father’s heart of the Master Builder is that he understands that his ultimate test and blessing are eternal. The Master Builder, who labored with brick and stone, has a negligible probability of ever enjoying the finished product.
Jesus is the Author and Finisher of our faith. This gives us some insight into how He sees us and His commitment to finishing what He started in us. The Scripture tells us of Jesus, who for the joy set before Him endured even the suffering of the cross. The Master Builder must carry that same heart—willing to suffer and sacrifice for those yet to come. The Master Builder considers it an honor to train and impart to others who will see the fruit of his labor.
We are the Master Builders, building God’s Kingdom here on earth.
In the Master's Service,
NRP Apostolic Team Leader