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‘the builder of a house has more honour than the house itself’

It’s good when things are doing ‘right’ in Church isn’t it? You know what I mean. We’ve all been here. We’ve all been the people saying these things. Traditions upheld, prayers prayed in the right way, in the right order, with the right language, tone, sense of decorum. It’s always been done this way. Let’s keep the show on the road shall we?

Or perhaps you have been like me in thinking along these lines: the house [Church] will fall apart if it, its teachings, its heritage, are not maintained, honoured, cherished. How quickly, even in thinking that by holding on to heritage, teachings, history handed down through generations that we honour God, do we enter the realm of risk of elevating our Churches, our callings, our thoughts (I say this to myself) over God himself. God builds the house. Unless he builds it, the labourers, us, labour in vain. All the things we hold to as of crucial importance may well be crucially important, but God is the one who’s name is the name we are to honour and praise. He is the one who is worthy of it. The Church is the body. We are to love it, help it to grow ever more into the likeness of Christ, always seeking to honour God most highly of all.