FIRST THINGS FIRST
Suggested Reading: 1 Kings 7
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Key Verse: 1 Kings 7:51
So all the work that King Solomon had done for the house of the Lord was finished; and Solomon brought in the things which his father David had dedicated: the silver and the gold and the furnishings. He put them in the treasuries of the house of the Lord.
PRAYER FOR TODAY:
Lord God, grant me even more wisdom than You gave Solomon. I ask for enough wisdom to last me an entire lifetime, not for just the first few years. I need You 24/7! In the Name of another descendant of King David, Jesus, my Saviour and Lord, Amen!
100 PERSONAL WORDS:
For some reason I’m thinking of building projects in which I have been involved in a leadership role. The first was a new roof on a little church building in Castleton, Ontario. The next was a new church building in Deep River, Ontario. Then there was the construction of another church building in Sudbury. All these projects were built under budget and paid for in short order. But then 25 years later came the necessity of building a new 143,000 square foot studio and office building for Crossroads Christian Communications Inc. I was confident that we could once again build for less than the estimated costs, but the project went considerably over cost. It took lots and lots of fervent prayer, much sacrificial giving, and the daily pressures of also paying regular operating costs in order to prevail. There was no overlay of gold, just drywall, brick, and the most reasonable materials available. Nevertheless, the former Chairman of Canada’s Radio-Television and Telecommunications Commission, Keith Spicer, did pronounce the Crossroads Centre in Burlington the finest TV production facility in Canada. Every day, we sought to “seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness.” And through the amazing investment of God’s people in the purchase of mortgage certificates and in giving so very generously, the charity, Crossroads, became free of debt in ten years. It may seem foolish to draw any comparison to the Temple of Solomon, but it seems to me the same principles are involved, i.e. putting God first!
Yours for God’s blessing on the new, God-called leadership at Crossroads. Greater challenges than ever face our Board, our CEO Don Simmonds, our Spiritual Director, Ron Mainse and the entire team. Exciting opportunities are on the horizon as they follow God’s lead with their fresh vision: “To communicate a relevant message of Christian faith and values to people of all ages, at all stages of their faith journey, using multiple forms of media communications and humanitarian efforts, thereby extending our reach to the world.”
P.S. I came across just now a lovely song by a member of the Islington Baptist Church, Toronto (click here and you’ll know why I am blessed by the song).