Last night at a worship event on campus called LIFE, we reflected and meditated on Hebrews 3:1-6. The passage says:
“Therefore, holy brothers and sisters, who share in the heavenly calling, fix your thoughts on Jesus, whom we acknowledge as our apostle and high priest. He was faithful to the one who appointed him, just as Moses was faithful in all God’s house. Jesus has been found worthy of greater honor than Moses, just as the builder of a house has greater honor than the house itself. For every house is built by someone, but God is the builder of everything. “Moses was faithful as a servant in all God’s house,” bearing witness to what would be spoken by God in the future. But Christ is faithful as the Son over God’s house. And we are his house, if indeed we hold firmly to our confidence and the hope in which we glory.”
The first fascinating thing about this time of meditation and reflection was that I had never read this passage or heard these verses before. I got to encounter a part of God’s Word for the first time. God’s character and wisdom is endless and last night I got to dip my toes into another part of who He is.
As I was reading, I was struck by the image of God being the builder of everything and His people (us) being His house. As I continued to sit with this passage, I started to think about what a builder is and does and what a house is and does.
A builder has a blueprint—a unique layout of his creation. The builder is dedicated to his building project and the process from the pouring of the foundation to the finishing touches. The builder does not change—he is faithful and constant. If something breaks inside the house or starts to fall apart, the builder refines and mends the many parts. He restores the brokenness. The builder knows the house inside and out—the nooks and crannies, the hidden spaces. The builder adds a unique touch to each of his houses—people can tell who built the house.
A house has a door. That door lets people in. A house has many rooms, many purposes, gifts, and desires. A house has a table where people eat and fellowship and converse together. A house is a community holding families and friends. A house lives in community with its next-door neighbors and people around the block. A house has a foundation—rooted in cement and poured by the builder. A house goes through wear and tear—experiencing the hot sun of the summer, the wind of the fall, the snow in the winter, and the rain in the spring. A house goes through ups and downs—holds good memories and bad memories. A house endures and supports and protects.
God is the builder of everything. We are His house. God has a unique layout for each of us, for each of our hearts. Our houses each have different gifts, purposes, and desires. We the church are His house—a community inviting others in, feasting at the table together, experiencing life together, living in His glory. We, the houses, go through triumph and grief. We are constantly being refined by our helper, our builder. Through it all, the builder returns again and again and never abandons his creation.
God is our builder and if we hold firmly to the foundation that He so graciously gives us, then we are His house.