Malcolm’s Monday Meditation: “Building in Singapore.”

 This week’s Monday Meditation will be stretched over the rest of the week. I’m in Singapore for the International Leadership Conference (ILC). The title: “build!”. The church here are hosting people from all over the world, and I’m looking forward to catching up with old friends from far-flung places. I’m also significantly jet-lagged, and I therefore plead for grace if what follows lacks its usual clarity!
The theme is interesting. Singapore itself has seen an extraordinary explosion of construction since its independance in 1965. And it still goes on today – as evidenced by a photo from my hotel window. 
The Bible sees a lot of building going on. First came the Ark – Gen. 6:15 “This is how you are to build it: The ark is to be three hundred cubits long, fifty cubits wide and thirty cubits high.” Then it was the Tower of Babel – Gen. 11:4 “Then they said, “Come, let us build ourselves a city, with a tower that reaches to the heavens, so that we may make a name for ourselves; otherwise we will be scattered over the face of the whole earth.” 
Gradually, God built a nation from Abram. Solomon built a Temple, and many people built altars to false gods. 
Finally, along came Jesus. He wanted to build something. But not with physical stones, Eph. 2:22 “And in him you too are being built together to become a dwelling in which God lives by his Spirit.” A spiritual family that would share the likeness of God’s Son, transformed by the Spirit of Christ. That’s why we’re all here. To learn from God’s Word and the lessons He has taught us how to build something to the glory of God. Pray we hear the Spirit’s voice, and learn to build better and better.
More updates will follow.  Have a wonderful day. God bless,
Malcolm

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