Read… Mark 12: 1-12
Have you not read this scripture: ‘The stone that the builders rejected has become the cornerstone; this was the Lord’s doing, and it is amazing in our eyes’?
Today’s passage is the parable of the tenants. A well known parable telling the story of the man who owned a vineyard that was rented out to farmers whilst he went on a journey. When the owner sent servants to collect the rent from the farmers, they killed the servants until the owner sent his son; only for the tenants to kill the son as well.
My immediate thought on this passage is to reflect on how this impacts on the church development project that we embarking on. From the vision and faith of previous generations, we have been entrusted with the church building that we have and we need to consider very carefully the legacy that we will ultimately leave. This building is a tool of God to be used by the community in which it is placed and it is our responsibility to ensure that this happens; to ensure that all that we do in God’s name serves his ultimate purpose; to ensure that we remain at all times in tune with what God wants us to do to serve him.
We are all acutely aware of this highly significant development project that the church has embarked upon. This period of lent is a very pertinent time for us all to reflect and pray over the implications of the work that we propose to do in God’s name to ensure that it reflects what he wants for the people and community that use the premises – both now and into the future. Christ is our capstone; and must always remain so.
Ponder… Who are the people or groups whose views you tend to reject or ignore? What are the dangers in doing so?
Pray… FOR OUR COMMUNITY We pray for all of those who are called to lead worship in our church through being local preachers. We thank God for their dedication and for the way in which He uses them to share His word with all of those who attend our services. FOR THE WORLD We pray for all of those people who are called to preach God’s word in so many different languages, cultures, countries and situations. We pray that their messages may be those of love, compassion and forgiveness rather than of judgement and condemnation.
Act… Hand write a card to a friend.