Building to Serve, Part 1
Lately I’ve been reflecting on the power and place of money in a Christian’s life, and the challenge the rich young man presents to all of us. “What must I do to have eternal life?” the rich man asked the Lord. And Jesus told him, “Sell all you have, and come, follow me.” That is a challenge to each of us, to examine our hearts and to understand just how deeply and completely we depend on God.
“Naked I came from my mother’s womb,
And naked shall I return there.
The LORD gave, and the LORD has taken away;
Blessed be the name of the LORD.” Job 1:21
Everything I have comes from God, and so when I use what I have, I examine my heart. What are my root intentions? I just added a gymnasium to my home. And I really worried over the decision. I wondered, am I getting to the point where I’m so bored that I don’t know what to do, so I’ll just build something? That truly wasn’t the reason! It isn’t as if I’ve got so much money that I can easily build a gym. This was a big deal.
I built it in part for my sons. In the winter, it gets dark at 4:00 in the afternoon, and the boys are getting so active. They bounce off the walls. They throw stuff down the stairs. Logan, who will be my middle boy, is so active trying to keep up with his brother. I mean, if his brother climbs on the couch, he climbs on the couch. If his brother dives in the pool, he jumps! I’ve got to have something to do with these kids, and in the winter, it’s cold, and it’s dark.
But there were other good reasons to build a gym. I talked this over with a pastor, who told me, “You know what? When my kids were teenagers, we built a home that was too big. It was more than we needed. But it was a home built for teenagers. I wanted all the kids to come to my house every Friday night to watch a football game and have fun. I wanted them with me, and not going out. I wanted to serve those kids. They could watch games, and they could have a little party, and I would know there was no alcohol there. I knew these kids were going home sober. I knew there was no promiscuity. Those kids felt safe. And I felt safe having them in my home. That’s why I built more than we needed.”
And that’s truly why I built the gym. I want the neighborhood kids to come and play basketball, or a little floor hockey. I want their dads to come so we can all hang out together. There’s a community of people coming together in my home, and I’m serving them.
I think I might be building a church! More on this next time. See you Saturday.