19 So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God, 20 built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus himself being the cornerstone, 21 in whom the whole structure, being joined together, grows into a holy temple in the Lord. 22 In him you also are being built together into a dwelling place for God by the Spirit.
14 With great pains I have provided for the house of the Lord 100,000 talents of gold, a million talents of silver, and bronze and iron beyond weighing, for there is so much of it; timber and stone, too, I have provided. To these you must add. 15 You have an abundance of workmen: stonecutters, masons, carpenters, and all kinds of craftsmen without number, skilled in working 16 gold, silver, bronze, and iron. Arise and work! The Lord be with you!
1 Chronicles 22:14-16
God’s Passion to Build This Family
Building a good family is not an easy task, any parent can testify to that. Building a family with rebellious children, scattered around the world who hate each other, fight each other, and even kill each other, is a hopeless task. No matter how hopeless the case, God is determined to build a wonderful family, one that will satisfy His heart, one that will nourish all the children and a blessing to the whole universe, so He sacrificed His only begotten Son, the One He loves so dearly from eternity past to future, to make Him the cornerstone of this family and join everyone in this family together. God has started this great work and today we continue to build on this cornerstone until this family is completed.
My Passion to Build
God started the work but He needs all of us to continue. He paid a lot to get this work started, today we need to continue this attitude to complete the work. One of the persons that I think matched God’s passion in building this family is David. Remember, David was told he was not allowed to build the temple, but his eagerness led him to find ways to prepare for the construction even though he would not be able to see the finished product. Many wanted to be the finisher, but David just wanted to contribute because in their contribution he satisfies God’s heart, not finishing to satisfy his own heart.
Even though in what many see as a secondary role, he poured in more than 110% of his effort. He told Solomon that he has prepared 100,000 talents of gold not to mention other things. At the peak of Solomon’s reign, he collected 666 talents of gold each year (2 Chronicles 9:13), at that rate it will take Solomon 166 years to gather 100,000 talents of gold even without spending any, that is about 3 lifetimes. How did David complete what would take Solomon 3 lifetimes to complete in less than one lifetime? His passion for God, turned into a passion to complete His plan and build His family.
Dear, I pray you to have this passion to love God and build His family together.