We Prepared a Place For Him

Today’s Journey Through Scripture Readings: 2 Chronicles 21-22; John 14

“Don’t be troubled. Trust in God. Trust also in me. My Father’s house has room to spare. If that weren’t the case, would I have told you that I’m going to prepare a place for you? When I go to prepare a place for you, I will return and take you to be with me so that where I am you will be too. You know the way to the place I’m going.”

Thomas asked, “Lord, we don’t know where you are going. How can we know the way?”

Jesus answered, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. If you have really known me, you will also know the Father. From now on you know him and have seen him.” (John 14:1-7, Common English Bible).

When I served as pastor at First United Methodist Church in Grapeland Texas we built an entirely new facility. We moved the church building from one location about a mile away to a new location. We built a new place for the worship of God.

It would seem to e a reverse of the lesson for today. Jesus said, “I go to prepare a place for you.” Here we were, building a place for Him. As we were preparing for the building of the new facility, raising money, working out details, having parts of the building redrawn by the architect, I would sometimes think of David who wanted to build God a temple and God said no. Was God saying I wasn’t to build this building? There were days it certainly seemed that way. Even once we got started with construction there were times I thought we might not finish. When tropical storm Allison blew into East Texas and dumped water I felt pretty dejected. We had water in both the old and the new buildings.

Now, after several building projects (never to the extent as in Grapeland) in several churches, I have come to realize, it isn’t us building a place for God as much as God building a place for God. I know God is the one making everything possible.

Well before work ever started, we said we had to have half the required funds for whatever we built and we would borrow the remainder. The truth is, we didn’t have anything that actually belonged to us. It was all things God entrusted to us. The real question is, how much would we trust God to use all God had entrusted to us.

The biggest difference I see between us preparing a place for God and God preparing a place for us is one thing, What God uses to prepare a place for us actually belongs to God. From the money we gave (that already belonged to God), the materials we used (all made by God) and the labor from us and the contractors (God gave us the knowledge, the ability, and the energy to get it done) it was still only us being faithful to God and God’s call for our congregation.

What God builds for us, is all God. What this place is that God is preparing for us, I do not know. Nor do I know what it is made from or when it will be ready. What I do know is, God made the universe and all that is in it. God’s got the building materials already on hand. If God is going to give knowledge and energy to human contractors, I do believe God has what it takes to get the places for us prepared.

Where we should take comfort is, unlike our building in Grapeland that didn’t finish when we anticipated (not necessarily the contractor’s fault, he can’t control tropical storms), God will be ready with our place. Something tells me God doesn’t have to worry about a tropical storm getting in the way.

Have a blessed day in the Lord.

With Joy and Thankfulness,
Keith

Copyright 2018, J. Keith Broyles, All rights Reserved

Published by drjkbroyles

I love Mike Ashcraft's book, "My One Word." For the past nine years I have participated and encouraged others to participate to in the "My One Word" Challenge. My first word was discipline was my word the first year. Since then my word has been focus, sight, jungle, peace, concentration, serve, genuine and this year is fit. I seek to be fit for my health, my family, my church, my ministries. I seek to be fit in any are of my life where God might point to me. I also have a nickname, "Dr. B." When I was a public high school teacher, Dr. B. is what most of my students called me, at least in my presence. I am still called that by many people though I no longer teach in public schools. I am the author of "Average Joe: With an Extraordinary Story" (available on Amazon). The book fits into the genre of "Biblical Fiction" or "Christian Fiction" and features some of the Bible's lesser known characters. The name of my blog is, "Fork in the Road." Life is filled with forks in the road. It isn't a matter of if we encounter a fork in the road, but when will we and how many will we experience in a lifetime. I love to strum my guitar. I am not a great guitar player but I enjoy it. I also enjoy writing music. I get excited with I feel a new song emerging. I live with my wife Cindy and our little dog, "Bishop" in Lufkin, Texas. I spent the past 30 years as a United Methodist pastor, serving churches all over east and southeast Texas, from just north of Tyler to south of Houston, from the Gulf Coast to east of Madisonville. I currently serve Perritte Memorial UMC in Nacogdoches. I spent one year in the classroom, teaching High School government, economics, psychology, and sociology. Cindy and I have been married for 43 years. We have two grown sons and six grandchildren, three boys and three girls. I enjoy preaching and all it's aspects from research to writing to the actual preaching event. I also love writing, reading. I have dabble in drawing and "painting" with pastels as well as woodworking and woodcarving. My current projects are two ukuleles. I collect, repair and restore guitars too. I play the guitar (badly, but I still do) I also enjoy working with paracord on various projects, mostly prayer ropes I usually give away. I hold an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Business Data Processing, from San Jacinto College in Pasadena, TX, a Bachelor of Science in Political Science with a minor in History from Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, TX, a Master of Divinity from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX and a Doctor of Ministry from Carolina University of Theology. This blog started out as devotional writings. In August of 2020, I made a major change to the blog, switching to a daily theme format. Sunday Sermon-usually my manuscript sermon Miscellaneous Monday-misc. writing, poetry, ministry Tuesday Thoughts-Devotion Wed. with Wesleys-hist. & theol. of early Methodists TED Talk Thursday-Video & appl. in current theology Five for Friday-5 things I've seen & my thoughts Sing-Along Sat. - Usually a new song I have written I write, "Strumming a G-Chord with Dr.B." to get my thoughts onto something permanent. After all, they say, once something is on the internet it never really goes away. Still, I hope you enjoy reading it. Who knows, it might generate a bit of discussion between you and me and anyone else who might make their way here. Seeking the Genuine, Keith Lufkin, Texas August 2020

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