Building for Eternity: Scriptural Principles

By: Herb Miller


In this and the next newsletter, we want to introduce our readers and supporters to the organizational structure of Shining Light Children’s Home. Any organization, whether small or large, needs to be organized in such a way that it brings clarity while minimizing confusion and disorder to all involved in the daily work of the organization. “God is a God of order and not confusion.”  A failure to clearly delineate the roles and responsibilities of those employed by an organization will often result in much confusion and inefficiency, potentially resulting in the failure of the organization to thrive and accomplish its God-appointed mission.  It is therefore our desire for Shining Light to be organized in such a way that God’s blessing can be experienced.

1 Corinthians 3:9 says “For we are laborers together with God: ye are God's husbandry, ye are God's building.” To be successful, it is very important for God’s children to keep the principle of being “laborers together with God” in focus in any kingdom-building effort.

Psalms 127:1 says “Except the LORD build the house, (organization) they labour in vain that build it: except the LORD keep the city,(organization) the watchman waketh but in vain.”

Following are some scriptures that point us to organizational structure principles that God used.

Eph. 4:11: “And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers…”

Eph. 2:20-21:  “And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone; In whom all the building fitly framed together groweth unto an holy temple in the Lord.”

Is. 41:6-7:  “They helped every one his neighbour; and every one said to his brother, Be of good courage. So the carpenter encouraged the goldsmith, and he that smootheth with the hammer him that smote the anvil, saying, It is ready for the sodering; and he fastened it with nails, that it should not be moved.

There are many examples in the Bible of organizational structures that God appointed to his children, such as the building of the temple, Hezekiah’s rebuilding of the wall, and especially the ‘building’ of Christ’s church. There are many other instances where it took a collective effort to accomplish what God had commissioned his children to do.

We also see in God’s creation many good examples of how God designs and organizes different parts of His creation to function together in harmony to accomplish his purpose and plan.

It is our conviction that a Christ-centric organization such as Shining Light Children’s Home should be deliberately and purposefully organized and patterned after the tried and proven principles that are given to us in God’s word. We desire that Shining Light Children’s Home would reflect in its organizational structure, the wise master builder’s plan, and purpose.

In the next editorial, we would like to share some practical ways God-ordained principals work out in real life for the administration and staff at Shining Light.

to be continued…