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"If You Build It, They Will Come"

"If you build it, they will come." 

This was our thinking when Todd & I discussed building an addition to our home.  We wanted the addition to serve as not only a Rec room for the boys and their friends (after all, they are getting at the age to where they are visiting their friends' homes quite often, and their friends are over here as well), but also to serve as a place for:
Todd's Men's Bible Studies and my Women's Bible Studies,
along with a place to hold our annual Super Bowl parties for our 6th Grade class

Super Bowl Party 2009

Super Bowl Party 2010

Super Bowl Party 2011

not to mention other fellowships with Todd's football and baseball players

as well as my lady friends, couple's fellowships, etc. 

As you can see, there are many countless opportunities to use our home for God's glory.

In a nutshell, we want our home to be one that people are drawn to.

If only we had a room big enough...

Through prayer and many discussions, Todd and I swayed back and forth with a decision.  Estimates were obtained, various possibilities were thrown around, numbers were crunched, and so on & so forth.  We never seemed to have a peace about exactly what we needed to do.  Something this costly would need to take great thought.

Then Todd said, 'We've prayed about this, but have we really?  I mean, the Bible says to pray without ceasing.  Have we really given it to Him...laid it at His feet.....bathed this in prayer like we ought?" 

The answer is...not really.  Yes, we've included our request in our daily prayer time, but say that we are going to use this room for God's glory, and God's glory only, and not give it the attention in prayer that it needs?? . . . shameful.

We started bathing it in prayer. 

Little by little we started feeling as though we might not need to pursue this idea any longer.  Not having a complete peace about the decision, however, we continued to bathe it in prayer.

Today, as I was looking up something on the computer at work, I ran across a scripture.  It is a scripture that I have used time and time again in my life, but today it jumped out at me.

1 Timothy 6:6-11  -  Now godliness with contentment is great gain. 7 For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain[a] we can carry nothing out. 8 And having food and clothing, with these we shall be content. 9 But those who desire to be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and harmful lusts which drown men in destruction and perdition. 10 For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil, for which some have strayed from the faith in their greediness, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows. 11 But you, O man of God, flee these things and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, gentleness.

Now, for others, this verse could mean something totally different, but what I felt God was telling me through this verse is this:  We are thinking about this all wrong.  Our concern was having enough room to house as many folks as we want, and not have to worry about being shoulder to shoulder or being inconvenienced in any way in order for others to be drawn in.  But honestly, it's not about 'if we build it they will come.' 

The truth of the matter is this:  we gave this house to God when we first purchased it.  This house was prayed over many, many times  - room by room, front & back, side-to side (you get the picture!) - and it was given to God over and over and over. We told God we realize that this house was HIS and that we would use it for His glory.   One more room is not going to be THE factor in drawing people in, and especially if we are depending on ourselves to draw them;  And especially if it would require us to stretch ourselves too thin financially.  That is not what God wants of those He calls to be good stewards of the good gifts He has given.

"Godliness with contentment is great gain..."

To be content with what we have, and to nurture it and take care of it, as it is the Lord's, and BE AVAILABLE for such opportunities, and to offer WHAT WE HAVE....THAT is what we are to do!  

An extra room will not be the drawing factor. 
Nor can WE make them come.

GOD will call them in for us!  
John 6:44  -  "No one can come to Me unless the Father who sent Me draws him  . . ."

Ephesians 3:20 says, "GOD is able to do exceedingly, abundantly more than we could ever ask or imagine..."  -  it doesn't say, "WE are able to do".....but "GOD is able to do"  even more than we could ever fathom!

This is meaningless to probably everyone (of my few readers!) who reads this, but whenever I get a revelation from God....IT IS MONUMENTAL IN MY LIFE!! 

As I've mentioned in my bio, Scripture says to 'water and ye shall be watered.'  I want nothing to be withheld from me that is from God, therefore I will pour out everything He gives me so that others know HE is my reason for living...HE is the truth, the life and the ONLY way!  So many times I get caught up in my flesh, but it is through instances such as this one that He reminds me that it is not about what I want but rather what is His will.

So, once again, we give our home to God acknowledging that it was His all along; and we allow HIM to draw men in to our home and to use us as His tool to draw men to Him.

All for His glory.
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