If you’re over the age of 35, you’ll have fond memories of Lincoln Logs. The classic toy was one of my favorites. Just thinking about it makes me a little nostalgic. I loved them!
Now I don’t want to brag, but I built some of the coolest forts for my little plastic cowboys and Indians. Of course, there was always an occasional green army man here and there. All of them were poised and ready for the rubber bands that were sure to rain down from on high.
The battles that ensued around my Lincoln Log forts were fierce and deadly. Oh, those were the days. (Fortnight has nothing on Lincoln Logs.)
To a young boy, they were built to be destroyed. That was the fun of it. But there’s something that Jesus is building that’s not meant to be destroyed. That’s you!
1 Peter 2:4-6 teaches, “As you come to him, the living Stone—rejected by humans but chosen by God and precious to him—you also, like living stones, are being built into a spiritual house to be a holy priesthood, offering spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.”
From this passage, we learn the three things God is building in you that can never be destroyed.
1. God is building you into his spiritual house.
The church, God’s people, is His plan A. There is no plan B. Along with every believer in Jesus, you are being built into a spiritual house that will last for all eternity. It is a living, breathing, and supernatural powerhouse that will never be destroyed.
As Jesus said, “I will build my church, and the gates of hell will not prevail against it.” That’s you!
2. God is building you into his holy priesthood.
Under the Old Testament Law, the only people who could come close to God were priests. That all changed when Jesus died on the cross and rose from the grave. The veil was torn, and now we have full access, through Jesus, into the presence of God.
Hebrews 4:14, 16 says, “Since we have a great high priest who has ascended into heaven, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to the faith we profess… Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.”
A priest is one who is responsible for serving the Lord and to minister to his people. God is building you up, like a living stone, to be his servant to the whole world. His kingdom of priests will never be put to shame or rejected by him.
3. God is building you into someone who worships him.
What does it mean when the Bible says that we offer “spiritual sacrifices” to God? Simply, it means that your whole life is to be an act of worship for God’s glory.
Romans 12:1 tells us, “in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship.”
As a holy priest (servant) of God, your primary responsibility is to worship Jesus with your life. This is what God wants to build in and through you. The Bible teaches us that Jesus will receive worship for all eternity. He wants you to start now.
God is making you into a living, breathing, worshiping machine. One who continually displays his glory and goodness.
What’s the difference between what God builds and what I built with Lincoln Logs? One is eternal, and one lasts for about ten minutes.
Never take for granted what God is doing and what he wants to do in and through you. It’s here we find a purpose that lasts for eternity. It doesn’t age out like Lincoln Logs.