Wednesday, July 27, 2005
Unless the Lord Builds the House...
Ps 127:1... "Unless the Lord builds the house, the builders labor in vain."
I preached on this verse at Park Place Baptist Church yesterday; afterwhich, I was voted in as their new interim pastor. Aleta & I have prayed & weighed & sought counsel on this one; and find ourselves accepting this ministry in a church that, just four weeks ago voted on whether or not to close their doors.
Unless the Lord builds the house, the builders labor in vain.
I am overflowing with gratitidue for the Lord's provision of both a job & a ministry... And it is true that I am a builder; but the things I've built out of my own good ideas, strength, & independent resources have proven to be little more than the fleeting structure pictured at the feet of this proud little boy. I know that the blueprints, the tools, the workers, the timing, the climate, & the strength for building something meaningful & lasting all come from the true Builder - Jesus Christ.
"Oh Father, I cannot help this church; I cannot bring about change; I cannot bring healing or growth ... but You can. If You have called us to this place, Lord, then I believe it is not only for our good but for these brothers & sisters in Your family as well. Please build this house."