Firstly, Pastor Dave was praying around our kids work, at that point JAM in particular and mentioned (almost in passing) that he felt every Godslot we do was like a little lego brick of faith in those children’s lives, building towards a recognition of God for themselves. That brought something else to mind almost immediately (and if you’re odd like me, you’ll possibly already know where I’m going here).
Before I get to that, I need to mention what Carol (Mrs Pastor Dave) was praying about 5 mins later – she was mourning the temple of God (the church – people, not building) being in ruins while we as a nation all lived in our fancy houses. It may not be immediately obvious how these two link together, but bear with me and I’ll get to it.
You will probably (if you’re in the UK, anyway) be familiar with a man called James May. I’m a bit of a fan to be honest – mostly jealousy because he gets to do so many cool things and get paid for it but I digress. In one of his TV series called ‘Toy Stories’ he made a house entirely out of lego bricks. 3.2 million lego bricks to be precise. It took 1,000 helpers and an awful lot of head scratching and heartache to put together (it was also pulled down since legoland couldn’t afford to have it moved, but I’ll conveniently ignore that point – no metaphor is perfect).
What’s my point – well, that house was made from ‘breezeblocks’ each consisting of a whole bunch of lego bricks and put together by a volunteer. The church is made up of people, each built from hundreds or thousands of words from God, prayers and other ‘lego blocks of faith’. No one person could have made the entire house by themselves, but each helper worked on a few blocks, one piece of lego at a time. Soon enough, there was a whole house standing.
We may not see the big picture when we put on kids clubs or alpha meetings or come to prayer meetings, but every little thing we do is another lego block in someone’s journey to God. After enough pieces are added you get a complete christian, someone who loves God for themselves because they have realised something of who He is. That’s another part of the church restored and rebuilt, another block ready to go. The great thing about these blocks is they don’t just sit in the wall, they go off and start adding lego to other blocks.
If 1,000 people can build a house made of lego, just think what the whole church across the country, across the world can do if they just keep going, adding piece by piece to other people’s journey. Don’t let the fact you can’t see the house worry you, just keep building the blocks you’ve been assigned. God can see the final result – you just have to keep building. Most of our blocks in JAM aren’t finished yet – we may never see them finished. That’s OK – we just keep adding to them as we are given chance and eventually God will work them into what he wants them to be. If they’re in a different part of God’s house to us, that’s fine – we just keep on building until the house is done, or we’re called home for tea.
Final point – do you know where the house was build? in a vineyard, as it happens. I’m sure there’s a whole other metaphor in that somewhere, but I’ll leave that for another day.