There have been all kinds of resources put into making the Warren Church of Christ building into something special, something better something beautiful. This has stirred something in my heart that can be addressed by answering two questions:
Why are we pouring our time and resources into a building?
Maybe you’ve thought about these yourself.
First: we are called to be good stewards of God’s blessings. This is a truth that my father taught me while sitting in my white 1992 Ford Ranger XLT standard cab with a 4.0 liter inline 6 cylinder engine, a Tonno cover and tiny pistons for door lock knobs… I loved that truck. My dad taught me about taking care of it. The truck was something that I loved as my first car. It was something that I valued for many reasons. It was a gift from my parents—a gift to celebrate a rite of passage from childhood to manhood.” You need a truck” as Grampa said. This truck’s brake pads wore down and started grinding badly enough where it did other damage that would not have happened had I taken care of the small squeak that I’d heard for days before I felt the grinding. I asked my dad about this grinding as I was worried that I was in trouble and he simply taught valuable lesson about taking care of concerns before they grow into problems.
Our church building in a gift from God that He has blessed our congregations with for many generations. This gift is to be taken care of. It needs maintaining now and then. It needs to be adjusted from time to time and remodeled to meets the needs of a growing youth program as well as the occasional repair. We have a group of awesome people that have recognized needs and take appropriate action to fill it.
God’s Word from Matthew 25:20-21 (NIV)
“The man who had received five bags of gold brought the other five. ‘Master,’ he said, ‘you entrusted me with five bags of gold. See, I have gained five more.’ “His master replied, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!’”
If we take good care of the small things like a building’s roof, sanctuary, nick in a wall, or a scuff on a baseboard, then He will honor this faithfulness with other blessings as well.
We are to be the light of the world. This will take place not just literally with our bright and beautiful church building, but more so with the everyday actions of those who call WCC home.
Matthew 5:14-16 (NIV)
“You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.”
I hope this helps anyone interested in understanding the ‘whys?’ that I have been thinking about lately. These ideas of tending to the things that God has given us so that will can best be the light to the world has sure given me inspiration and a passion to serve our church community at Warren Church of Christ as well as all of those in our Warren community.
Let us shine brightly together.
Let His name be made great!