by Steve Hale
‘Do you not know that you are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you? If anyone defiles the temple of God, God will destroy him. For the temple of God is holy, which temple you are’ ( I Corinthians 3:16-17).
One of the catchiest tunes of mid-70’s sitcoms was ‘We’re Movin’ On Up’ on The
Jeffersons: ‘We’re movin’ on up, to the sky, to the deluxe apartment in the sky…’ The song had to do with a black family that moved ftom Middle America to Wealthy America, hence: ‘we’re movin’ on up.”
Churches are different from sitcoms and sterotypical situations. The only way for this church to keep ‘movin’ on up’ is to serve. Jesus told His disciples: ” … whoever desires to become great among you, let him be your servant. And whoever desires to be first among you, let him be your slave–just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many” ( Matthew 20:26-28).
We are all so excited about the new building … the beautiful pews, lectern, and communion table. The new auditorium is breathtaking. The new offices are functional and appealing, as is the hallway joining all three buildings as one. We are all thrilled about the fine large nurseries, and the prospects of converting the old auditorium into a new fellowship room.
In the midst of all this excitement, and the brink of transition, let’s slow down and remember something vitally important. Buildings are only as important as they will serve the Lord, His church, and the scores of people yet to be reached!
While we are all so very excited, let us never forget that the new building is a means to an end, and not the end itself. Winning souls, the gospel, mutual edification, Bible study, and praising God are what we are to be about…not real estate. The Real Estate is to enhance the opportunity to serve in these various ways.
We are so grateful for the many sacrifices made to get us to this point. We are thankful for the church’s generous giving, the industry and ingenuity of the building committee (especially Mike Flatt), and the vision of our elders. Most of all, we thank our gracious Lord for His sacrifice, leadership, and blessings! Let’s use these sacrifices and blessings to His glory ( I Corinthians 10:31)!