A Different Kind of Engineer
It has always been my dream to build mega structures (skyscraper buildings, modern roads and bridges, uniquely-designed airports and seaports, etc.) I thought it was that easy until I took up Civil Engineering in Mapua.
While I waited for my engineering career to start, I did some teaching work in Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila . It was very interesting that during these moments, God called me to be a Campus Missionary.
I thought back then that my dream of becoming a “builder” had ended until I encountered these verses:
By the grace that God has given me, I laid a foundation as a wise builder, and someone else is building on it. But each one should build with care. For no one can lay any foundation other than the one already laid, which is Jesus Christ. (1 Corinthians 3:10, 11 NIV)
There are 3 realizations that I want to share with regards to building:
1. We are called to BUILD
Life is short. Make every moment count. What do you want to build? Academically, are you building grades that will bring honor or horror? Financially, are you carelessly spending or wisely investing? Relationally, are you building or burning relational bridges? Spiritually, are you building in a way that you will become a spiritual giant or dwarf?
Know what you will build. Build not based on what you want but on what God has called you to build because unless the Lord builds the house, you will build in vain. (Psalm 127:1). Ask God for the “blueprint” of your life – His plan and will for your life so that you can build it accordingly.
2. We need to BUILD CAREFULLY
Nothing happens by accident. Our life is nothing but the result of the decisions and responses we are making that is why we need to build carefully.
How do we build carefully? Ephesians 2:20 declares that Jesus is our cornerstone. In ancient construction, the cornerstone is the first stone placed in building a structure. It will be the reference point in building all the stones thereafter. The question for all of us is, is Jesus the cornerstone, the first stone, the reference for every decision we make as we build our lives?
One more thing, if we want to build right, we have to surround ourselves with God’s people because “we are not always strong” and “we are not always right”. We need people who will tell us if we are building it right. With the help of godly people that provides timely counsel, we can carefully build a structure that last.
3. We can only BUILD RIGHT by the grace of God
Yes we are called to build and build carefully. At the end of the day, we can only do it all by the grace of God. It is not based on how strong, wise and faithful we are. Rather, it is anchored on God’s strength, wisdom and faithfulness.
Thanks be to God that I can still be an engineer, a BUILDER, but not of mega structures but of mega lives of people. It is indeed a privilege to be used by God to help people build their lives. I love my job!