“For he was looking forward to the city with foundations, whose architect and builder is God.”
Looking around the room and it is hard to see perfection, inside and out. Father Abraham was just that way too. But according to historical account Abraham got high marks for obedience! If you have ever built a home or any other building you may have come into contact with an architect. You would have seen the attention to detail; the safety features and the MAP and blueprint with meticulous notes in the margins. Design doesn’t come easy. The motive and the mission of the master architect provides vision for a building that will outlast the storms and floods of the future. But there is an end game to this. There are things many cannot predict including what happened on the East Coast in the last month. The children’s song sings, “Don’t build your house on the sandy land.” While there is a direct spiritual analogy to this chorus; there is also an answer: “You better build your house upon a rock.” Think of all the press conferences and the media technology as the storms come and play havoc with everything except for transistor radios, flashlights and other archaic means of communication.
Map it out
Abraham took God’s blueprint and followed it the best way humanly possible. He did his part to further God’s architecture all the way to a “heavenly Jerusalem,” of the next world. In a letter to the Hebrews found in the epistles of the New Testament, the writer is explicit in detail describing the foundations, the blueprints and the specifications of God’s plan for mankind. He takes God at His word and very breath at the scene of creation in Genesis, to the innermost being of his masterpiece, far from perfect but made in His image.
Give Thanks even in the thankless jobs
The builder and designer and the author are one in their motive, their approach and the power and authority to speak truth into the world and it was; and it is. The study of my architect is to realize that his motive is completion and triumph over evil. The study of my builder is we are His labor of Love. The study of the artist’s conception of the masterpiece is a filling and refilling of his power and Spirit that flows through our veins. It is the most underestimated power of the universe and it grieves Him that we take His grace for granted. In earthly architecture a firm sometimes will bid a job high because the leader deems it to be “thankless.” Many times the ‘thankless jobs” are time consuming, breakeven, endeavors that are difficult to budget for. There were people in New Jersey deep in water making sure that they were on the air at WMCA in New York. One engineer drove from Washington, DC to make sure that the station was back on the air after the storm hit. The program director was called into action to produce a radio program and run the sound board and screen the calls the night the Nor ‘Easter hit the city.
They often combine new design with restoration and so it is not worth time, investment or draftsman to put a proposal together. But that’s not how our architect feels about any one of us. He sweats blood; he goes to the cross, and he gives his very life for your blueprint; your design and completion. When we study Genesis we study God’s creative process; His scientific method and we detail the difference between you and I and God, and the shortfall of men and women throughout history reflected in the fall of man, in the garden. Real men of genius as the beer commercial says are the ones who have an internal and eternal investment in making sure that you will get the message, listen to the music and complete the mission.
This week we are concentrating on delivering a message that honors and acknowledges the architect’s design. In media and culture something is often missing when worship is only for the object the architect designed. This thanksgiving give thanks to the one that got you here. His motive is to give you a home base that you can cherish and share in hospitality.