May 7, 2018

W E E K     T W O
By Missy Iley, Associate Music Minister

Exciting times are ahead for our church family over the next few months as our existing rooms are renovated and construction begins on the new children’s building. But, as with any BIG changes, we all need to remember that going through any building process can be uncomfortable, extremely inconvenient, and, at times, excruciatingly slow.

During these next two weeks leading up to Groundbreaking Sunday on May 20, our Daily Bible Readings will focus on groundbreaking moments in the history of God’s people. Hopefully, the lessons taught by Abraham, Moses, Joshua, Nehemiah, Peter, and Paul can help us put into perspective what First Baptist Lewisville will be experiencing during the upcoming year and a half.

Genesis 12:1-5, Hebrews 11:8-10

Do you think when Abram received God’s message he would be the father of a “great nation” that he might have gone home and started drawing blueprints of the castle he was going to build the minute he arrived in Canaan? Did Sarai start looking at flooring samples? Did they both sit down that night over a romantic candlelit dinner to begin brainstorming baby names for all the children they were going to have? I know I would have. After all, God just promised one of the most bodacious promises ever promised!

But then after packing up and moving everything Abram and Sarai had to the Promised Land, nothing happened. There was no castle, there were no floors to carpet or tile, and the list of baby names, yellowed with age and stained with the tears of a barren woman, slowly disintegrated along with all the other grand dreams the couple might have mused about together.

Take a moment to consider the timeline of Abraham’s life chronicled in Genesis 11-25. God’s call came to him when he was 75. Ten years later, as a result of disobedience brought on by impatience, Ishmael was born. Abraham was 99 when Sarah gave birth to Isaac, the true heir of this new “nation,” and then approximately 14 years later, God tested Abraham’s obedience by asking him to sacrifice Isaac. Twenty-three years later, when Abraham would have been around 137 years old, Sarah died. And finally, 100 years after he received God’s lofty promise, Abraham died at the age of 175.

It wasn’t, perhaps, until Abraham was clutching the son he almost killed as a sacrifice to God the thought might have occurred to him that God was not creating a nation like all the other nations of the world. No. God was creating a nation whose greatest resources would be faith and obedience to him.

Today, the faith and obedience of God’s children are still the most important characteristics of any congregation claiming the name of his Son, Jesus Christ. It does not matter if the church meets in a single suite of a strip mall, or if its building is as big as a shopping mall. The lessons of Abraham’s life still ring true today. God is not building his kingdom out of brick and mortar, but by one faith-filled soul at a time.