Crane on the lane

July 2019

Imagine, a crane driving up Martin Lane and begin setting up on site. The crane operator says “we’ll be ready to lift the roof trusses first thing tomorrow morning.” Only to discover, no one has ordered the trusses from the fabricator. That is ridiculous! Everyone knows you need to order the roof trusses in well in advance of scheduling the crane lift.

King David made preparations in advance for the temple, (1 Chr 22) including the appointment of craftsmen for the hewing of stone, felling of trees and forging of metal fittings. Practical actions required for the construction of any building. But the critical element of preparation, was the hearts and minds of the people for the work.

1 Chron 22:19 Now set your mind and heart to seek the Lord your God.

Setting our mind and heart to seek the Lord – looks like prayer.

You might not be able to gather every week at one of the prayer meetings, but we all need to be seeking God about the work He has for us. Where is the building project on your personal prayer schedule? Our hearts are prepared through systematic, scheduled & spirit led prayer.

Nehemiah was a builder of culture and walls- the latter a physical demonstration of the former. He announced the start date 4 days after arriving in town. The people’s immediate response was “Let’s get started” (2:18) The wall was built to half its height-‘for the people had a mind to work.” (4:6) When did they get this mind to work?

Where did it come from? Did it drop out of the sky the day they started work? How can you explain perfumers, goldsmiths, merchants and priests all downing tools and picking up stones and shifting burned out gate beams; except for a setting of hearts and minds on seeking God, in advance of shifting the first piece of rubble.

You might say- it was easier for them- they had the remnants of a wall and gateways already in place- knowing what God required of them was clearer- there was still an obvious divide between the willing and the unwilling. Our task collectively is to cultivate the demeanor found in Psalm 123.

1To you I lift up my eyes,
O you who are enthroned in the heavens!
2 Behold,
as the eyes of servants look to the hand of their master, as the eyes of a maidservant to the hand of her mistress, so our eyes look to the Lord our God

We must set our mind and heart to seek the Lord our God- to be ready to do all that He has given us.

Come and join us at our Prayer meetings – 6:00am Wednesday & 6:45pm Thursday.

– The Village Church Building Team

buildthechurch@thevillagechurch.nz