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 The Future

Jeremiah 29:11
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“’For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the LORD, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.’” (NIV)

 At my Pastoral instillation service on October 10, 1999, I told the congregation that assembled that day a brief story that I’d like to retell this morning.  A dignitary was touring a construction site when he asked one of the workers what he was doing, the mason looked up from his work, wiped the sweat from his forehead using the shirt sleeve of his trowel hand and  replied, “I’m laying bricks.”  Though he didn’t say it, his attitude communicated, “What does it look like I’m doing?”

 Later the dignitary encountered another brick mason and asked him the same question.  This time he got a different reply.  The young man, stood up straight, looked him square in the eyes and said, “Sir, I’m building a cathedral.”

 Two men.  One job.  But two radically different perspectives.  The point I made that day is that if masons could build a cathedral by laying bricks, then we are building the Kingdom of God when we do our church work.  We aren’t simply preaching sermons, singing songs, teaching children, feeding the hungry, operating the electronics and babysitting little ones—the work we are doing has a far greater significance than the humble work we do—it is Kingdom work.

 I knew very little about the ministry of our church on that day, but I knew that if we would be faithful to do the little things, our work, combined with the work of others, could change the world.

 I remain steadfast in that conviction.

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