Building for Eternity

A glimpse of the Eiffel Tower immediately takes ones mind to Paris. This landmark has stood for nearly one hundred thirty years and continues to draw millions of visitors each year. The Eiffel Tower was not supposed to be still standing, however. It was built specifically for the 1889 World Fair, held in Paris. The contract stated plainly that the monument must be easy to dismantle because after twenty years, in 1909, the tower was to be taken down. Even though it was not to last forever, considerable time and energy were devoted to creating the Eiffel Tower. The original idea was conceived in 1853 and actual design work began in 1884. Construction itself lasted for more than two years - six months of which were spent only on the foundation. By the time the tower was finished, it had cost a total of $36,000,000 in today's money.

While Jesus was on earth, He asked those standing around Him, "For which of you, intending to build a tower, sitteth not down first, and counteth the cost, whether he have sufficient to finish it?" (Luke 14:28). Building an earthly tower takes vast amounts of resources, both financial and physical. If Gustave Eiffel had not sat down and counted the cost, discovering he had the resources and deciding that this was worth it, we would not have the Eiffel Tower in Paris today. Each of us is working on building something as well. We are building our characters and they aren't only going to be around for twenty years. They will last for eternity. Have you sat down and counted the cost yet? Have you asked the Great Architect to help you finish? After all, you're building for eternity!

Working on my character,

Pastor Sutherland