I grew up playing with Lego, the amazing building blocks that delight and challenge the imagination of children worldwide. These wonderful toys impress me on multiple levels; they teach kids how to follow detailed instructions to build a car, a house, or even a castle. Most children could use a little more Lego-time to aid their cognitive and problem-solving abilities. Maybe Christians can learn from these teaching toys as well.
My wife picked up a Lego house for my birthday. I was filled with nostalgia and really enjoyed the process of putting those building blocks together, following the blueprints faithfully. I’ve tried to “enhance” Lego instructions in the past and the results are rarely aesthetically pleasing, so it seems best to follow the pattern. God has given us a building plan for life. Why do we forget to use those instructions when we encounter problems, or before we encounter them? (2 Timothy 3:16-17)
God’s word is the pattern. He took time to prepare specific instructions for our benefit. Not only did he provide a plan of salvation, but he also equips us with training. We need that training because without righteous living we cannot have full fellowship with God. The enjoyment I felt building my Lego house is small compared with the joy we can experience in building up the household of God: the church (Ephesians 2:19-22).
I can’t imagine the enjoyment Lego-makers get from designing their unique creations. Can you imagine the tremendous joy that our creator feels when we build the spiritual building he intended us to construct? This process isn’t easy, but it is healthy for us to be challenged to cooperate in building God’s house (1 Peter 2:4-5).