If we are to be pillars of faith we must of necessity be people of great faith. For to be a pillar is to be someone whom others can lean on when they themselves don’t have the strength to stand. And the truth is that there are times when we may not have that strength, but a true pillar will be there to help, to encourage and to pray with you through the tough times regardless of what they may be going through themselves. The believer who is known to be a pillar of faith is one who doesn’t mind having their lives put under a microscope and examined by the world to see if they really are the genuine article; to see if they are as much of a Christian as they claim to be.
Apostle Paul was, at least in my mind, that guy. He didn’t mind having his life put under a microscope and examined for the entire world to see. He didn’t mind standing in the ring of adversity while all his enemies would jeer him hoping to see him fail. In fact, he was so sure that he was a pillar that he told the Church at Phillipi “Those things, which ye have both learned, and received, and heard and seen in me, do: and the God of peace shall be with you (Phillipians 4:9)”.
What a bold statement to make. In other words, he was saying what you see me do, you do and God will be with you. He could make such a proclamation because he was a pillar in the community and he was pass falling into sin. Not that he was perfect, but he understood Satan in such a way that Satan had to bring his very best if this pillar was to crack. This pillar of faith didn’t happen overnight, it happened during a lifetime of Damascus road experiences. And this Damascus road experience knocks us to our knees and we see God in such a way that after such an experience we are never the same and all we desire to do is the work of the Lord and become a pillar of faith wherever we are.
God Bless You
Pastor Versal Mason