1 Kings 7:1-22

Aug 5, 2022    Pastor Daryl Zachman
When I was in my twenties I worked as a recording engineer. I was given many opportunities to record talented artists. I always loved music, and watching people excel in their craft was pure joy to me. What made it even better was that these were Christian artists. Christians should be the most creative people because they know the Creator, and the One who made everything dwells within them.

When Solomon constructed the temple, he was not in a hurry. The temple was only 2,700 square feet, but it took seven years to build. Every part had to be just right. It needed to reflect the beauty and glory of Yahweh. It was an earthly representation of the heavenly sanctuary where everything is perfect. God had given David detailed plans, and Solomon was determined to carry them out to the letter. But he couldn’t do it alone. He required world-class artisans. He used at least 200,000 laborers. Solomon literally spared no expense to make it right.

I believe this pursuit of excellence glorifies God. It was said of Jesus that He did everything well (Mark 7:37). That’s not easy. Taking shortcuts can be tempting. Making compromises where no one will notice may cut costs, but it lacks integrity. When we are doing things for Jesus, whether people see it or not, He sees everything. He knows our works. Jesus said that the good works you do in secret will be rewarded openly (Matthew 6:1-4). Moses said that your sin will find you out (Numbers 32:23). Whoever you are in secret will eventually be visible to all.

Our problem is that while there are many perfectionists, no one is perfect. We are all broken clay pots. We live in this tension of striving for excellence while knowing that we are sinners. This is why we need the cross; this is why we cannot set aside the grace of God.

Would you do a good work for God? Then start by thanking Him for the gifts He has given you. Confess your brokenness and believe that Jesus was broken to heal you. Then ask God for grace to use every gift for His glory.