Recently I have been amazed by Victorian buildings that are still standing here in the United Kingdom. Even back in Zimbabwe we still have a number of those historic structures dubbed Colonial Architecture. One common denominator about these buildings is that they have stood the test of time and one amazing thing about them are their pillars.
Could it be that we as humans need each other as reliable and supportive pillars of strength? Even the Church as a community of Faith needs believers who stand as pillars in God’s house. It takes more than one pillar to support a building. This implies that pillars are not meant to stand alone, they are better together. They serve God better together. The Apostle Paul who also eventually became a pillar in the Early Church acknowledges the Apostles Peter, James and John as men who were known to be top of the list pillars of the Church. These three Apostles had something in common. At their calling to participate in the Kingdom Mission of Christ they witnessed a miraculous catch of fish signalling that they were going to be fishers of men. They witnessed the transfiguration of Jesus Christ on the Mount of Transfiguration where two major pillars of the Old Testament namely Moses and Elijah showed up. Furthermore, they were close to Jesus Christ in the garden of Gethsemane signalling that they would not only partake in his MISSION and his GLORY but also in his SUFFERING. With the advent of the Prosperity Gospel with its glamour and grandeur, drinking the cup of suffering with Christ is now frowned upon as archaic and out of step with popular hermeneutics.
The Apostle John envisages a prophetic double where you are to be a pillar here and a pillar in the hereafter when he says, “He who overcomes, I will make him a pillar in the Temple of my God…..”. Could it be that there is a marked difference between a PILLAR, a PILLOW and a PARAMOUR? More shall be covered on the role of a pillar but for now, let me deal with Pillow Christians and Paramour Christians. Pillows are used by all people to enjoy a better and comfortable sleep or rest without any strain or pain. Such is the role of Pillow Christians to others. But when a storm of hurricane force comes, they will be nowhere to be found because they can be swept away. Paramour Christians are not pillars but as their name denotes, they are there for what they can get and not what they can give. Paramour preachers use persuasive language to milk you dry and when a dry season comes your way, they also disappear into thin air.
What the Church needs are top of range pillars who stand on the solid and firm foundation of the Rock Jesus Christ. Such would be credible pillars of strength to their spouses, families, Church and the community at large. Listed below are the seven functions of Pillars in the House of God:
1. The primary function of a pillar is to SUPPORT a building hence they have load or weight bearing capacity. Christian pillars are there to carry the burden of the Church.
2. A pillar is designed to LAST in line with its function which is also designed to last. Some Christians are like SCAFFOLD i.e. they are only there for a season. Christian pillars must leave a legacy that is there to last. What memories are you leaving behind when you are long gone, dead and buried?
3. A pillar is designed to add STRENGTH to the building. Christian pillars have a ministry of encouraging and strengthening fellow soldiers in the battle. This is about giving solid counsel which moulds people into the image of Christ.
4. A pillar is designed to STAND and be immovable against all odds. Come wind, come storm, come rain, come earthquake a Christian pillar will remain standing.
5. A pillar is designed to be STRAIGHT and unbendable. This implies that Christian pillars must of necessity be upright, vertical or perpendicular in lifestyle. This is about leading a life that is right with God. Remember that a double-minded person is unstable in all his ways.
6. A pillar is designed to be STRATEGICALLY USEFUL. Pillars are strategically placed to function in a given role. God in his wisdom places different types of Christian pillars in strategic places for his glory. Ephesians 4:11f says, “And he gave some, apostles; and some prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers to equip his people for works of service….” The role you play in God’s house is not by accident but by God’s strategic design for you to add value in his Kingdom.
7. A pillar is also designed for ORNAMENTAL PURPOSES i.e. pillars are also there to display the beauty and goodness of the building. Christian pillars are there to display the beauty and goodness of Christianity. We are living testimonies of the goodness of God. You are one of a kind, fearfully and wonderfully made. You shall not be harangued by any satanic statements from the pit of hell. 1Peter 2:9 sums it all, “But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a peculiar people, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light”.
While we may be pillars made of Acacia wood (FLESH), we are covered with gold (DIVINITY) meaning that we cannot stand on our own. May your life be overlaid with the power of the Holy Spirit (Exodus 36:36). You are neither a pillow nor a paramour. You are a pillar that is designed to last. I rest my case.