Methodist Hospital at Stone Oak is expanding. Construction workers start their day before the sun comes up by hearing from the project manager. The project manager receives their marching orders from the general contractor. The owner hired the general contractor to direct the project and keep the building under budget. Each day, the construction workers complete the assignment given to them in the morning. Many skills are required to complete the project. It runs smoother when each person does what they do best, on time and with the best of their ability. The expansion began last year and is not yet complete but it’s beginning to look more like the exterior elevation plan mounted in the hospital lobby. As long as the workers keep showing up, listening to the project manager and dispersing to do their assigned job, the addition to Methodist Hospital will be up and functional this summer.
19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”
Are you showing up on time, prepared to fulfill your assigned roll in the kingdom? Do you attend a local church in order to hear from the project manager? God places the pastor in the local assembly to proclaim His vision, to expound on His word, to prepare the workers for ministry and to encourage the saints. The morning I took this picture, only one voice could be heard. The workers full attention was directed toward the project manager. The General Contractor or the Holy Spirit inspires and directs the pastor. Are we looking toward the pastor with expectation, waiting to hear what the Owner wants us to hear and understand? We gather on Sundays, not only to worship the one true and living God but also to prepare for the work ahead, to be encouraged then disperse to use our skills and gifts to make disciples, teach and baptize. The work does not get done sitting inside the church. We are building a kingdom but it only happens when we disperse.