Posted by: everynation | March 12, 2007

Discipleship and Lego

by Joey Bonifacio

joey1.jpgI have 3 boys who grew up on Lego, the amazing block toys manufactured by the Danish company of the same name.

What makes Lego incredible is it is capable of building just about anything.

In August last year I was in Downtown Disney World (in Orlando) with my son David. We strayed into the Lego shop there. It had everything from skyscrapers, dinosaurs, life sized super heroes and even a giant dragon nestled in waters of the nearby lake. It was awesome.

There’s something interesting about Lego. One is they are mostly box shaped and yet when put together they can form just about anything. Also, Lego blocks come in different colors – blue, red, green, black, white, yellow and others.

In and by themselves Lego blocks don’t mean much. Connected they are capable of becoming something incredible.

But what makes Lego blocks work is they have what the company calls a “protruding interlocking ‘stud’ mechanism”. It is this “stud(s)” that allow Lego blocks to connect with one another.

Like people lego blocks are not born equal in that some pieces have a single stud, some have 2, 4, 6, 8, 10 even 12.

However regardless of their color, size, shape or number of studs all Lego blocks have one function – to get connected. Only when they are connected will they fulfill their true purpose.

That’s what discipleship is all about. It is not about color, shape or even numbers. It is about being connected, first to Jesus then to one another.

Just like Lego blocks some are made with studs that can connect with 4, 6, or 12. Others can connect just 1. It doesn’t matter how many you connect, what matters is that you are connected to Jesus and others are connected to you.

When we connect with Jesus and with one another we will be amazed at what we can accomplish.

“You also, like living stones, are being built into a spiritual house to be a holy priesthood, offering spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.” (1 Peter 2:5)

(Joey Bonifacio — aka “The Wizard of Blog” — is the senior pastor of VCF-Fort Bonifacio in Manila, Philippine and the author of Discipleship is Relationship, In Good Company, and Joey’s Prayer Site.)



  1. Great illustration, Joey. Really brings home the point!

  2. “connect with Jesus and with one another”

    i am grateful to be connected to Jesus, and to you & your family.

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