Building Temples

Near the end of his life, David called his people together to discuss with them the great desire of his heart. Many years earlier he had decided to “build a house as a place of rest for the ark of the covenant of the Lord, for the footstool of our God” (1 Chron. 28:2). However, because of the blood on David’s hands, God did not allow him to build it. David did not let this discourage him. Instead he turned his energies to planning, designing and providing for the dream that his son would turn into reality (1 Chron. 28:11-18). Now he was ready to publically share with his son and people his vision for the future temple and the provision he had made to fulfill it.
David began by officially handing over the plans the Spirit had put into his mind for every function of the temple (1 Chron. 28:11-18). Next, he declared, in addition to the provisions he had already made, that he was also giving from his personal fortune “three thousand talents [225,000 lbs.] of gold (gold of Ophir) and seven thousand talents [525,000 lbs.] of refined silver” (1 Chron 29:4). He then issued this challenge to everyone else: “Now, who is willing to consecrate themselves to the Lord today?” (1 Chron. 29:5). 

Rejoicing in the example of giving from their leaders, the people joined in with gifts of their own, each wanting to take part in the building of God’s house (1 Chron. 29:6-9). I can visualize myself standing there with them, excited to take part, knowing that while I could never give as much as the king, I could add my modest offerings of gold, silver or precious stones to the building materials. How exciting it would be to come to this great house, God’s footstool, three times a year for the holidays. Entering the temple grounds and looking around, how wonderful it would be to know that we all had a part in making it beautiful. 

The good news is that we don’t have to miss out on this joy! The Bible tells us that God is building another temple; only this one is not made from marble, precious stones and tons of gold and silver. Paul asks the believers in 1 Corinthians 3:16, “Don’t you know that you yourselves are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in your midst?” Every believer in God is a temple. By reaching the unreached, we can invest in God’s house just like David and the people of Israel. AFM is seeking to add on to this house in Satan’s strongholds all over the world. 

There are many reasons why you might not be able to take part in the physical work of building these new wings. However, anyone can follow David’s example and give of our material goods so that others can do the work we cannot. Please join the building team today. Just like our spiritual ancestors, someday in God’s kingdom you can meet and shake hands with the living temples in whom you invested your resources.