Those from among you
Shall build the old waste places;
You shall raise up the foundations of many generations;
And you shall be called the Repairer of the Breach,
The Restorer of Streets to Dwell In. Isaiah 58:12
I love this scripture because I firmly believe that we are called as a church to be builders of the Kingdom of God in this place. I believe that it is our destiny and calling to be restorers of the places that were once aflame with passion for God and rebuild foundations of godliness long forgotten in our communities.
The above scripture also says that we are called to be the repairer of the “breach”, this is the gap, the divide between man and God. We are called to live incarnationally with the power and love of Christ flowing through us in our daily lives that those around about us would see God in us. This way, we can be living signposts, pointing others toward God and providing them with a way to access Him.
Last week in the message I talked about being a church that have a cathedral builders mindset! Cathedral builders invested finance, love, sweat and tears to see something so awesome established that it would reap a harvest for generations to come! They gave sacrificially and lived sacrificially to provide a place where people could connect with God for generations to come. We are called to do the same, to live in such a way that our whole live are orientated around building the Kingdom of God.
The world famous Sagrada Familia Cathedral in Barcelona is of one of the finest examples of gothic architecture in the world and is standing testament to complete a project started with the intention of honouring God.
The first stone was laid at La Sagrada Familia in Barcelona in 1882. It’s architect, Antoni Gaudí, died after he was hit by a tram in 1926. It is due to be finished around 2026 144 years after starting!
Let’s be a people who honour God with our servant heartedness and our desire to see the Kingdom established in this place. Let’s be a people who are willing to get involved and serve in the church. In doing so, we are helping with the building God has called us to!
I want to leave this question with you today… What are you building?