Matthew 7- 24 Jesus said, “Everyone then who hears these words of mine and acts on them will be like a wise man who built his house on rock. 25 The rain fell, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on rock. 26 And everyone who hears these words of mine and does not act on them will be like a foolish man who built his house on sand. 27 The rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell—and great was its fall!”
How many of us have ever messed up on a construction project of any sort? Did you cut the board too short or not let the paint dry long enough? Did you mix up the baking soda and baking powder, or the teaspoon and the table-spoon? Did you manage to glue something together you shouldn’t have, or break something even more that you were trying to fix? Did you ever have to go back to the store because you ran out of supplies due to your own bad judgement, or clumsiness, or failure to read the directions correctly? Did you ever use the pry bar in anger and man-age to wound yourself? Oh wait…that last one was Pastor Rob and the famous bathroom vanity incident.
One of the wonderful perks of being the Church is that we get to build things. We get to help God with projects like building faith, building relationships, and building ministry. The challenge is to build things according to God’s plan. The temptation is to try to build things according to our own plan.
For over a year now we have been out of our church buildings, but we have still been building the Church. We have learned new ways to do worship, to have fellowship, to be family. It has not always been easy, and we have not always been in agreement with each other, but when we take a breath and remember to listen for and pray about God’s words given to us, we have discovered that incredible things can happen.
Let us keep building together and with God giving us the blueprints.
Pastors Rob, Burl, Michael, Sonja, and Bill