August 6

“I’m Working on a Building:” A Song about a Relationship with God

“I’m Working on a Building:” A Song about a Relationship with God 1
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Would you give up everything in your life to serve the Lord or do something for Him? It is easy to say we can give up on things or the old habits we have. But, doing it is never easy? Giving up our habits will take time. Our habits have been part of our daily life, therefore, wanting to remove it requires a lot of effort and sometimes we slide back to this old habits that we know. Some people easily get rid of their old habits because they trust God. Moreover, they try their best to change because they are doing it for themselves, for the people they love, while some for God. Are you willing to get rid of a bad habit for God?

“I’m Working on a Building” Versions

“I’m Working on a Building” is a traditional gospel song known since the 20’s. This song was well-known to be recorded by the Carter Family. Other artists who covered the song were Bill Monroe, Elvis Presley, Oak Ridge Boys, and B.B. King. The origin of this song was unidentified. However, some believe it to be an African American origin.

About the Song

The song tells a story of a man who will give up everything to become a better person.  He said that if he is a drunkard, he will give it up.

“I’d quit my drinkin’ and I’d work on the buildin’”

The phrase, “I’m Working on a Building” means that the narrator is not building a literal building but he is building a relationship with God. He will give up all of his bad habits, such as gambling and drinking, in order to learn more and become closer to God. Even if he is a preacher, he will work more to spread the word of the Lord. When he spreads or shares the word of the Lord, he will become closer to God, as he will get to know God more. It is important to build a good relationship with God because when all things fail God will always be there, He will never fall or disappear like most things in our life.

“And you, being dead in your trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, He has made alive together with Him, having forgiven you all trespasses, having wiped out the handwriting of requirements that was against us, which was contrary to us. And He has taken it out of the way, having nailed it to the cross.” -Colossians 2:13-14

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