08 Dec 2018
Whose House Is It, Anyway?
Psalm 127:1 begins with the words:
“Unless the Lord builds the house, they labor in vain who build it…”
Is the psalmist really saying that a house constructed by an unbeliever serves no purpose? What he is really saying here is that everything in God’s great providence has meaning and purpose. All deeds and labours, even those of godless men, have a purpose in the plans of God.
However, if we read carefully we see that the psalmist is not talking about the results of that labour, but of the labour itself. If the work that the builder puts into that house is not carried out for the glory of God, with the Lord at the front and centre of it all, the project is of no eternal worth to the builder. He does it for himself, and when the house is built he moves on.
He doesn’t look at that house as an example of the gifts of craftsmanship the Lord has given to Him. He simply builds his houses until one day he is no longer able to work, or he dies – no closer to the Lord, and with an eternity separated from Him to look forward to. Whether the house stands or falls is in the Lord’s hands. For those who labour without an eternal perspective – without giving their work to the Lord that He might receive the glory – the work is merely empty toil.
Pause and reflect: I pray that as we face the coming week we would acknowledge that our work can only have real, eternal value when it is completed for the glory of God. With that in mind, may we work as unto the Lord in whatever we do, looking at the eternal benefits of doing everything for His glory. Have a God-glorifying day!