We had a wonderful Equipped Conference for our Connect Group leadership at Hebron Sunday. A couple of illustrations stood out as what we, as Christians, need to realize most in our lives. The first was of three workers who were asked what they were doing: the first said, “laying bricks.” the second, “drawing a paycheck,” and the third, “building a cathedral.” To go along with that, he gave the story of John F. Kennedy going to NASA for the first time and talking to the janitor, who was sweeping the floors, yet told the president, “I’m helping to put a man on the moon.”
These guys saw the big picture! I wonder if we usually do. Probably not! We become so focused on our little part, we forget it’s not about us! It’s about Him! It’ His Story! I’ve always loved the old illustration of the tapestry we only see from the bottom, but one day will see in all its glory!
We’re studying Galatians and James this quarter in our Connect Group, and some people think these books conflict, but they don’t! If I showed you an image of Lincoln and another of a building, would you think they conflicted? No, of course not! You’d know they were two sides of a penny, the basic unit of our monetary system. You’d know five pennies make a nickel, ten, a dime, and 100 a dollar. Each of us is a basic unit in God’s system. He has a purpose and a plan for each of us if we only see the big picture and do what He intends for us. We are His cathedrals.
Paul tells us, because of grace, He saved us. We didn’t do anything to earn it. We couldn’t no matter how hard we tried! If we could have, God wouldn’t have needed to send Jesus. His death would have been unnecessary! At the same time, God didn’t save us to sit on our rumps and do nothing! That’s James’ point! Because we love Jesus for what He’s done for us that we couldn’t do ourselves, we ought to want to do everything we can to serve Him! We ought to be busily building as many cathedrals as we can!
At the conference, I just “happened” to sit behind one of the second grade teachers. I taught second grade for most of forty years. She had come in late, so I shared the cathedral illustration with her. She loved it! As we prayed together, she shared that in the past she’d become frustrated with the behavior of a couple of children. She’d almost quit, but hadn’t! I shared some of my similar experiences, but we both agreed that our little “cathedrals” were more than worth any of the frustrations they may have caused us. It’s not about us! The kingdom of God is made up of imperfect people who see the big picture and do everything they can to build up others to be the best cathedrals they can be!
God bless you!