Google+ 10/07/13 Go Build!

2 Chronicles 2:5-6

 

“This must be a magnificent Temple because our God is greater than all other gods.

But who can really build him a worthy home?

Not even the highest heavens can contain him!

So who am I to consider building a Temple for him, except as a place to burn sacrifices to him?"

 

Today we begin a six-part series entitled, "Now, Go Build My Church!"  In the last four weeks, we have discussed obedience, Godly planning, Jesus as our Chief Cornerstone, and how to "lift and love" as a Christian.  We have examined Old and New Testament Scripture and have refocused our lives on God's will for each of us.  Today, we must talk no more and execute God's plan.  At some point in all of our lives, God speaks loudly and forcefully to all of us and says, "Now, Go Build My Church!"  Our Scripture lesson today recounts that time for Solomon.  We will all be tempted to ask the same questions that Solomon did when he heard the voice of God.  Are we really worthy to build God's home?  Will what we do ever be good enough for God?  The answer to both of these questions, according to God, is YES!  We would all be wise to realize that if God asks us to do something, He has already ordained that we are worthy, in His eyes.  Most often, the things that God will ask us to do may not seem possible to us.  How do I know that?  Let's look at several examples of men who were "not worthy" when God called.  Abram (soon to be Abraham) was advanced in years, by anyone's standards, when God told him that he would have a son and become "Father of All."  God made Abraham wait twenty years and delivered on His promise when Abraham was 100 years old.  That was the BEGINNING of Abraham's ministry!  Noah had never built a boat, nor did he really have the skill.  Noah built a huge masterpiece for God in his advanced years.  This ark was eventually the salvation of the world.  Moses was a frail man at best.  Scripture records that he stuttered.  God chose him to lead His people out of the bondage of Pharaoh.  At a very advanced age, Moses parted the Red Sea!  Saul worked for the Roman empire as a persecutor of Christians.  God called on him to be the most important modern-day prophet of all time, besides His Son Jesus Christ.  Finally, there is Solomon from today's Scripture lesson.  Solomon's father David, had already drawn up temple plans and was soon to begin construction.  God told David that He would rather him not build the temple.  God had chosen someone else.  God had chosen a very unlikely candidate.  King David was humbled in his tracks that his son Solomon would be the builder of the new temple.  When God came to me in my middle fifties and said, "Now, Go Build My Church," I reacted the same way anyone would.  I looked at God and said, "I am not worthy."  God convicted my heart that if He thought I was worthy, I must be, so I am literally building His church.  When I started, I had God's vision and a drawing on a napkin from a local coffee house.  No funding and at the time, no partners.  Today, that napkin has become a reality, I have two wonderful ministry partners,  and we will have our first event in God's new house tonight!!!  It is okay to be like Solomon and ponder our worthiness.  But when we hear God's voice tell us we are worthy in His eyes, don't hesitate.  Do what God says and "Go Build!"