Brandon Gregory is a volunteer for the worship and missions teams at Church of the Resurrection. He helps lead worship at the Vibe, West, and Downtown services, and is involved with the Malawi missions team at home.
Solomon’s temple was truly something to behold. It featured gold-plated doors, it housed the ten commandments, and it stood for 470 years before an enemy nation finally burned it to the ground. The plans for the temple are recorded in great detail in 1 Kings and 2 Chronicles. But any architect (including this one–I’m a web development architect) will tell you that a building is nothing without its foundation.
But the foundation doesn’t seem to be mentioned in the architectural plans. That’s why today’s passage is so important. You’ll notice, Solomon doesn’t open up his dedication prayer talking about the temple–he opens up by talking about the people. He mentions the covenant God has made with His people. But then, he mentions that this covenant was made with his father–the faith foundation for this church (the people) and its temple was inter-generational.
The Bible has lots to say about generational worship. It says that our children will continue to pay for our sins, and it says that our children will continue to benefit from our faithfulness. Solomon’s temple was an inspiration to many generations, but it’s a continuation of the faithfulness of his father David.
I was not one of the first to step into Church of the Resurrection. I don’t remember the funeral home or the elementary school, or even the sanctuary that became our student center. I started attending in 2005, playing in various bands and getting involved with the young adult ministry. And you know what? I was glad to step into a church as well established as COR was at the time. I had come out of a very small church that literally only had three rooms, and could barely afford the instruments for the worship band. After that, COR was a whole new world teeming with opportunity and potential and exciting possibilities. I knew that by working with this church, I could accomplish a lot.
I was benefiting from the faithfulness of those who had come before me. The people who had been faithful while the church met in a funeral home, the people who faithfully set up and tore down in the elementary school–those are the people I thank for the opportunities I have at COR now.
Just like I want to leave the world a better place for my son, I want to leave the church (the people) better for those who have yet to come to join us. I can do this by raising up leaders and mentoring others in faith and action. I can do this by building relationships and forming bonds that will open up opportunities for those to come. I can do this by contributing to a church staff and building that has benefited me and so many others, and will continue to do even more in the future. These are all things that others have done for me without even knowing me. I will be happy to do them for the younger folks I know, and even those I don’t yet know.
We should be striving to leave such a legacy of faith that, when beginning a new work, our children in faith will pray, “Lord, let the promises you made to our faith-parents continue to come true in us.” We should be building a legacy that future generations would jump to be a part of. As COR begins this exciting new building project, don’t forget to pray that you yourself would be worthy of such a legacy–an intergenerational legacy of love, justice, and mercy that will continue on for years to come.
Return to the GPS Guide to read today’s scripture and reflection questions.