Building “Houses” Together

Jason Nelson, Campus Pastor, Wheaton | April 26, 2024

“Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.”
1 Thessalonians 5:11

In 1 Thessalonians, Paul wrote to the believers in Thessalonica to boost their faith and give guidance on the second coming of Jesus. As he was building them up, he told them to do the same thing: “Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing” (1 Thess. 5:11).

We often overlook building others up. Many other actions appear first on our shortlists of doing good, such as being kind, giving thanks, lending a hand, bringing truth, and giving generously. Yet, building others up should be something that we champion because it is essential in advancing God’s mission.

When it comes to being part of God’s global work, building others up is an incredible opportunity. Whether we are goers or senders, we can build others up and profoundly impact their work. To illustrate just how important it is, consider how the original language of the Bible conveys building others up as being a house-builder.

Building a house is an impressive task. Not only is the end result a container for relationships, but the process of house-building is wonderfully complex. There are many facets, like laying a foundation, framing the structure, constructing walls, running electrical, and finishing work. The role of a home builder is not only respected, but it is also one of the most rewarding jobs when the new owners get the keys to the house and make it their home.

Building others up in the mission of God is even more esteemed and gratifying. Surprisingly, it does not cost a thing! It only requires valuing the people doing the mission as much as any other aspect. This can take many forms, like sharing words of affirmation, offering encouragement, listening to stories, praying in love, pointing out God’s presence, giving wisdom, and fostering peace.

When followers of Jesus do anything that helps people grow stronger in God’s ways, they are acting as house-builders for the local church around the world. This job is for everyone! It starts with deciding to let your life be an offering to God and asking Him to open doors of opportunity. Then, simply step out in obedience through faith and follow where God leads!

Next Steps

  • Ask yourself, how can I make myself available to build others up in God’s global work in the local church?
  • Identify one of Willow’s global partners to whom you can “sponsor” some leaders by offering to build them up.