Today’s readings: Jeremiah 36:27–37:2; 1 Corinthians 14:1-12; Matthew 10:16-23
There is a tale of two builders. The first worked hard building himself a house. The outside was not much to behold, but the inside was beautiful. The builder spared no expense in building himself a lovely home to enjoy.
The second builder worked with a group of craftsmen. They received instruction from their foreman, followed detailed plans, and built a magnificent church, beautiful and inviting to all who saw it. The workers, led by their foreman, built a cathedral that would glorify God for centuries.
The story of the two builders is an illustration of the apostle Paul’s teaching. Paul gives a contrasting view of one who builds up personal spirituality and one who builds the spirituality of others. Paul points out that the one who speaks in tongues builds up himself, while the one who prophesies builds up the church (1 Cor. 14:4).
There is nothing wrong with building a personal spirituality. It is good that we do this. Yet, if we strive for this only, and do not build up the spirituality of others through worship and prayer, we have gained little. Therefore, let the joy in our hearts be shared with joy in worship and praise of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Prayer: Bless the worship of your people, O God, that your name be glorified throughout the world. Amen.
Today’s devotion was written by David Nuottila, Pastor of Union Lutheran Church, Salisbury, NC.