How does God build a house? Does He have a plan? What does it look like? What’s my part in His building plan? What am I building? Am I building in vain? These are just some of the questions that we asked on Sunday as we considered God as a builder. In Matthew 16, Jesus tells us what He is building—but only after asking a question of His own…
“…who do you say that I am?” (Matthew 16:15)
That is not just a question, it is THE question we all need to answer. Who do you say that Jesus is? While your answer to that question (right or wrong) does not change who Jesus is, it does eternally change how you see Him, how you know Him…and how you build.
In the passage, Peter answers—“You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” With that correct answer, Jesus tells us about His building plans: “…on this rock I will build My church…” The rock is the truth of Jesus as the Messiah—that’s what the church is built on. In Ephesians 2, we read that the cornerstone—the foundation on which the church is built—is Jesus, “in whom the whole building, being fitted together, grows into a holy temple in the Lord, in whom you also are being built together for a dwelling place of God in the Spirit.” (Ephesians 2:21-22).
The building that God is building is the church—not a church building, but believers in Jesus. Anything built on any foundation other than the cornerstone of Christ will not last. That’s why it’s so important to answer the question that Jesus asks—“who do you say I am?” Like Peter, the right response isn’t revealed to us by flesh and blood, but only by a relationship with the Lord.
Do you have a relationship with the Lord? You can! All you have to do is believe you are a sinner, trust that Christ died for your sins, and ask His forgiveness. Then turn from your sins and follow Him. Jesus Christ knows you and loves you—you can know Him and love Him as the Messiah—the Son of the Living God! and the builder of His church.