Word of the Month

Building and preserving

August 2001

"Through wisdom a house is built, and by understanding it is established." This realization of Solomon (cf. Proverbs 24:3, NKJV) does not only apply to earthly buildings, but instead, in a special measure, to God's work of salvation. Right after mankind's fall into sin, the Lord established the foundation for this spiritual building with the promise that the serpent's head would be bruised. Then, when the promised redeemer came, he created the foundation upon which his congregation is built through his sacrifice on the cross on Golgotha. Without this sacrifice of Jesus Christ, this building would not exist.

King Solomon stated that through knowledge rooms are filled with precious and pleasant riches (cf. Proverbs 24:4, NKJV). Riches can only be accumulated by those who manage their affairs with wisdom, care and thrift. A part of this good management is to evenly divide the available goods and to ensure that all can partake thereof equally. Who is better suited for these tasks in this spiritual house than the stewards of the mysteries of God, as the Apostles are called in the Holy Scripture (cf. 1 Corinthians 4:1)?

Which rooms should be filled with precious riches? Our hearts! This is why it is important that we help to build our spiritual house, this living temple, with wisdom and understanding. The Psalmist underlined the fact that the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom. And in Proverbs we read "...the knowledge of the Holy One is understanding." (cf. Psalm 111:10 and Proverbs 9:10, NKJV). If we conduct ourselves in this manner and build towards the completion of the work of salvation with the fear of God and by following God's will, then the rooms of our hearts will be filled.

The first thing that belongs to these precious and pleasant riches is a living, childlike faith. An unshakeable faith has a priceless value in a time when everything is scrutinized and must be proven. Let us therefore be thankful that we can possess such wealth. The first love also belongs to the gifts that should fill our hearts. It warms the soul and grants a truly fulfilled life. Motivated by this love, we are able to bring sacrifices and work along on the temple of God and through love, many things that would otherwise be unreasonable demands become a matter of course. Hope in the return of Christ, Godly peace, joy in the Lord as well as trust in the activity of our great God, and in the leadership given by him, are also riches that fill these rooms through good management of our spiritual household.

When we carry the knowledge within us that all things work together for good to those who love God (cf. Romans 8:28, NKJV), then we receive wisdom and understanding to continue building this spiritual house and to preserve it. May it soon be completed through the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ and the blessing of God!

(Excerpt from a divine service of the Chief Apostle)