This sermon is part of the sermon series "Remembering Who We Are (part 2)". See series.
In 1969, Malcolm Muggeridge, a British journalist, broadcaster, and the editor of Punch, a satirical magazine, went to Calcutta to make a documentary about Mother Teresa for the BBC. She didn't want to do it, but she was finally persuaded by church leaders. When she finally agreed, she said, "Let us do something beautiful for God." When they began filming, a strange thing happened. Even though there was not enough light in the hospice for filming, the finished film was bathed in a particularly beautiful, soft light. Muggeridge figured it was the halo of love he sensed there. Later, he wrote a book about Mother Teresa and used that phrase, "Something Beautiful for God," as the title. He eventually became a Christian as a result of that experience. That phrase came to mind as I studied our text this week: "Let us do something beautiful for God." That would not be a bad motto for a life, or for a church.
A great passion to do just that was at the heart of King David's desire to build a temple for the Lord about 1,000 years before Christ. God told David that his son, Solomon, would be the one actually to build the temple, so David devoted the later years of his life to gathering a vast treasury of building materials and an army of skilled personnel so all would be ready for his son. Today we conclude our study of 1 Chronicles. As I've told you, the temple built by Solomon is a central theme of 1 and 2 Chronicles. Chronicles was written 500 years after David to the Jewish remnant recently returned from decades of captivity. God retold them their national story so they would remember who they were as his people. He wanted them to remember that their glorious past was a prophecy ...
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Lee Eclov recently retired after 40 years of local pastoral ministry and now focuses on ministry among pastors. He is the author of Feels Like Home: Reflections on the Care of Souls and Pastoral Graces: Reflections on the Care of Souls (Moody Publishers), as well as being a frequent contributor to Preaching Today and CT Pastors. To learn more about his Pastors' Gatherings visit www.leeeclov.com.