Becoming a Pillar of Faith

Like most kids, Brynn and Parker love to play with Lego blocks. Building the tallest tower possible is their favorite thing to do. Whenever their latest construction is finished, they call for me to come and see.

Then, after all the ooh’s and aah’s, their next favorite thing to do is knock the tower over. I’m not sure what is louder: the sound of Legos crashing down or the squeal of their delight.

There was a time, in my twenties, when life came crumbling down around me, only I wasn’t squealing with delight. To consider this trial as “pure joy” sounded more like a cruel joke (James 1:2). All I could see were the scattered ruins in disarray.

Looking at my life was like looking at pictures of ancient ruins – with useless blocks of stone toppled one on top of another, much too heavy for me to lift on my own.

However, a closer look at these photographs will reveal that if anything is left standing amongst the ruins, it is a pillar, reaching in solitude towards the sky.

I’ve often heard the phrase, “a pillar of faith,” and I just assumed it referred to someone with a strong foundation in Christ, which seemed straightforward enough. Architecturally, though, pillars actually reach far above the foundation.

In the Book of Revelation, John wrote to the church in Philadelphia: “Him who overcomes I will make a pillar” (Revelation 3:12). Such terminology is understandable since the ancient city was under the constant threat of volcanic eruptions and volatile earthquakes. Thus, rebuilding efforts were not uncommon. Each time a natural disaster struck, the pillars were oftentimes the only things left standing. Citizens of that age could readily identify with the persevering pillars as overcomers.

Today, engineers use steel rebar and wooden beams to support ceilings and roofs, except they are usually hidden within the walls. By contrast, pillars are external weight-bearing structures; therefore, they are visible to everyone.

My faith needs to be as long-lasting and as visible as a pillar. Should life ever come tumbling down again, I want to be an overcomer in Christ, someone still standing on the Rock. A pillar of faith – not a shaky tower of Legos.

When you hear the phrase, “a pillar of faith,” what, or who, do you think of?

Revised from the archives.

2 thoughts on “Becoming a Pillar of Faith

  1. When I hear that phrase, I often recall some of the older people from the congregation I worshipped with when I was a teenager. They had often lived very hard lives, had survived two wars, the loss of children and spouses, and yet their faith was strong, and sure and shining.

    I admired them so much…and still do.

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