Ministers may preach, and writers may write, but the Lord Jesus Christ alone can build. And except he builds, the work stands still…
Great is the wisdom with which the Lord Jesus Christ builds his church. All is done at the right time, and in the right way. Each stone in its turn is put in the right place. Sometimes he chooses great stones, and sometimes he chooses small stones. Sometimes the work moves fast, and sometimes it moves slowly. Man is frequently impatient, and thinks that nothing is happening. But man’s time is not God’s time. A thousand years in his sight are but as a single day. The great Builder makes no mistakes. He knows what he is doing. He sees the end from the beginning. He world by a perfect unalterable and certain plan. The mightiest conceptions of architects, like Michaelangelo, are mere insignificant child’s plan, in comparison with Christ’s wise counsels respecting his church.
-J.C. Ryle, Warnings to the Churches
I saw a video tonight with a church-planting-minister explaining how he had ‘built’ his church. I’m thankful that ministers don’t actually build churches – Christ builds his church.