The Witness – March 1-7, 2015

The Challenge

When the Israelites returned to their home after the Babylonian Captivity, one of their first acts was to rebuild the Temple destroyed by King Nebuchadnezzar. They diligently set about laying the foundation. Upon its completion they rejoiced at what they were able to accomplish. (Ezra 3)

As I mentioned Sunday, that is, some rejoiced. Others wept and cried bitter tears because the new temple wasn’t going to be as grandiose as the former. They were longing for the days of the glorious past. How could they be satisfied with anything less than the grandeur of Solomon’s temple? After all, it was one of the wonders of the ancient world.

The account is not about old versus young. It’s not about embracing the past or reaching forward to the future. For you see, both groups squandered the opportunities that God provided. For 15 years both groups abandoned the work of the Lord and left the Temple unfinished to focus on their own homes, their own lives, and their own interests. It’s about the challenge to get busy!

We are not here to look back. We are not here to jump on the latest bandwagon. We are here to get busy with God in what God is doing in these days, for His glory,

What they should have done is what we MUST do; put our backs to the work at hand, embrace what God is doing, and get about the business of serving the Lord.

As of today, there are 41 days until we move to our new campus!

We Labor Together With God, Wes

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