Build Others Up

Regula Aurea = Edification

Regula Aurea = The Golden Rule in Latin

regyə lə aüreâ 


On April 25, 2003, a thirteen year-old girl named Natalie Gilbert stepped up to the mic to sing the national anthem at a Portland Trail Blazers playoff game. She started strong, but about 20 seconds in, forgot the words. There were around 15 seconds of pure awkwardness, as the embarrassed girl did not know what to do and the crowd fell into an uncomfortable silence. In stepped the hero of the day, Portland coach Mo Cheeks, who put his arm around the girl and fed her the words and sang along with Natalie. He motioned for the crowd to sing too and Natalie recovered and finished admirably. The crowd cheered and it was an all-around great moment.

Romans 15:2 says, “Let each of us please his neighbor for his good, to build him up.” Why does it oftentimes come more natural to tear people down than build them up? This is a tool of Satan and it must be met with much resistance. We are to build others up. The Bible has much to say about edification.

Romans 14:19 says, “So then let us pursue what makes for peace and mutual upbuilding.” Paul was saying to not cause a brother to stumble in the preceding verses. We are to strive to build up others and pursue peace, not cause other believers to stumble.

Love builds up (1 Cor. 8:1). Paul talks about building up and not destroying or tearing down twice in the second letter to the Corinthian church (2 Cor. 10:8, 2 Cor. 13:10). Paul says, “Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as you are doing” (1 Thess. 5:11).

We should want the very best for our brothers and sisters and put behind us any jealousy, envy, or ill-will we might have. We are to encourage, build up, and stand in the gap when our brethren are in need. This is what building up the church is about. Edification happens when the church builds each other through its gifts and encouragement. It’s a beautiful picture to think about the body thriving, using its spiritual gifts and talents in unity for the glory of God and building of the church. This cannot happen if we do not truly want the best for our brother.

One of my favorite Old Testament stories is when Israel defeated Amalek in Exodus 17. While Joshua was fighting Amalek, Moses, Aaron, and Hur went to the top of the hill to watch the battle. When Moses held up his hands, Israel was winning, but when he lowered his hands, Amalek started to prevail. After some time of holding his hands up, you can imagine Moses grew tired. Amalek would surely win the fight without teamwork. Moses could not do it on his own. So Moses sat down and Aaron held up one hand and Hur held up the other. The Israelites went on to defeat Amalek and his people.

We’ve all been in a place where we needed friends like Aaron and Hur, to hold us up when we could not do it on our own. I have friends that have been like Aaron and Hur to me and built me up when I needed them most. And I hope I have stood in the gap and been an Aaron or Hur to them as well when needed. We have times in our lives when we are like Moses. And we have times in our lives when we are like Aaron and Hur. I believe this realization is a great portrait of edification.

We’ve all been in a place where we needed a Mo Cheeks. A place where we did not know what to do or how to respond. A place where we needed a brother or sister to lift us up. That is what being a part of the church is all about. I do not know what Mo Cheeks spiritual beliefs are, but he sure looked a lot like Jesus on that night.

Just for today, look for a way to encourage and build-up a brother or sister. It might be a text, an email, or letter. Pray about it and act on it.

Tune in tomorrow for Part Four….

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