Sunday, October 4, 2009

Sunday Morning VIP

I wanted to share my VIP that I shared with our Welcome Team today at Turning Point Church. I got this from a blog from Steven Furtick of Elevation Church.

…He overlaid (the ark) with pure gold, both inside and out, …
-Exodus 37:1-2

The Ark of the Covenant represented the presence of God. It served as the storage center for the Ten Commandments, and was Israel’s most sacred possession. It makes perfect sense to overlay the ark with gold on the outside. Everybody’s going to see that part every time it makes a public appearance. Obviously, we want to do everything we can to make God look good, and to represent him well in front of others. Like new bark, a clean building, creative messages, honoring our guests, dynamic children’s ministry and awesome praise and worship

But why bother overlaying the inside of the ark with gold? Wouldn’t silver suffice? Is that really necessary? Isn’t it a bit Extravagant? Wasteful? Secondary? Unproductive? Not for a purpose as important as the presence of God. Only the best is acceptable.

Let’s make it more personal. Do I overlay the inside parts of my personal life with gold? Do I speak well of others at all times? Am I a loving, kind, thoughtful husband and father everyday of the week?

It’s important to give our best to the seen and unseen places in our lives and ministries.
When we honor God in the places no one sees
He will honor us in the places everyone sees.

Excellence is an inside job.


Rob said...

Great post! Thanks!

Brian Miller said...

great stuff today brad...if we took as much time with the inside as we do the outside...imagine it would make all the difference.