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July 5, 2016, 10:19 AM

A New Project

I'm sure that you've tackled projects around your house. Landscaping, remodeling, gardens, additions...you've tackled them and while it at times was painful you nailed it and felt good afterwards. 

What if you took on a people project? 

There's a word in the Bible that we don't use very much in our every day English...it's EDIFY. One of the Greek words for edify is, oikodomeo, which is a construction term. It means "to build up." The Bible tells us in 1 Corinthians 14:12 that the purpose of all the various gifts of the spirit are all for edification, or building people up. So let's take on a people project. 

The world beats people down. Job said in Job 14:1, "Mortals, born of woman, are few of days and full of trouble." Now you have to understand Job's perspective at this time was a tad bit negative after losing pretty much everything, but overall he's right. Life is short and has a lot of trouble. Job layoffs, medical bills, family conflict, health issues, tragedy...they all affect us and beat us down. What if we took on a people project and just decided that we were going to try to build people up instead of assisting with their demolition? 

I have a young man in my life that I'm trying to figure out how to minister to. Actually, I'm pretty excited about it. He has talked to me about his questions about life and faith. I can tell that he's curious, but he has a lot of negative ideas about God and the church. I'm excited that he's asked me for answers, but I want to build him up. I don't want to tear him down just to win an argument. I want him to understand that God loves him. He doesn't even have to believe God exists to have God love him. He doesn't have to believe in the church for the church to minister to him. He doesn't even have to like me for me to care about him. This young man has probably never heard of the word, edify, but it's exactly what I want to do. 

So who's on your people project list? Who are you going to build up and edify? Who in your circle has been torn down a bit by life and needs some building up?

This person might be your spouse, your neighbor, a co-worker, a boss, or even someone you don't like. God may bring a name to your mind that you don't even want to mess with, but you know you need to. Just start praying about it. You may already have a project or projects already going. Be faithful to it. Understand that just like building a house nothing ever comes together quickly or easily. There are snags in the process. There are mistakes. There are delays. Just keep building and eventually you'll see something good. 

 


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