In 1 Corinthians 14:26, we read: “Beloved friends, what does all this imply? When you conduct your meetings, you should always let everything be done to build up the church family. Whether you share a song of praise, a teaching, a divine revelation, or a tongue and interpretation, let each one contribute what strengthens others” (TPT). Paul makes it clear that we need to do everything we can to build up the church family. This is what our meeting together is about. We gather together to worship God — to proclaim His glory — and to hear His Word proclaimed too. What happens as we gather together should be that which builds up.
This is likely a sensitive topic to consider. Why? Well if you look around, you’ll see so many denominations and non-denominations. People could not agree on doctrine, on methods, on procedures, etc. so churches split and split some more. As we look at the contemporary churches today, so many are filled with complete tradition that leaves no space for anything else. Many others seem to be focused primarily on entertainment and filling seats.
When it comes down to it, the real question we must always ask as we gather together for our worship services, our small groups, etc., is this question: is this building up? And if so, what are you building? Or are you actually tearing down? Many church families break into cliques and there’s more tearing down than building up. There’s more gossip than fellowship, more judgment than love, more guilt than grace.
Let us consider how we can be builders. What encouraging word can you share with your brothers and sisters today? What actions can you personal take to help build someone up? Today’s passage says that each one of use should contribute what strengthens others. We each have something that we can do to contribute. We each are interconnected with the same purpose, the same mission, and the same Father. Let us build in love.
Father God, thank You for giving us the opportunity to build up. May we do all that we can to contribute to the strengthening of others. May our words encourage. May our actions comfort and strengthen others. Let us continue to be fixed on You as we meet together Lord. We know that You have a great plan for Your Church. May we be pleasing and ready for You. In Jesus’ Name. Amen!