Tomorrow we embark on a five-week journey the likes of which OGC has never experienced before – a capital fund raising campaign for our first ever facility.
I will preach from Haggai 1:1-11, A Serious Call to Consider Our Ways. Why not take some time this evening to meditate upon the passage to prepare for the message?
Whatever happens in this process of believing God for a significant amount of money to help fund our building project, we must not fail to approach these weeks without what Octavius Winslow called “the queen grace.”
Truly is faith the crowning grace of all, and a most costly and precious fruit of the renewed mind. From it springs every other grace of a gracious soul. It has been designated the ‘queen’ grace, because a royal train ever attends it. Faith comes not alone, nor dwells alone, nor works alone. Where faith in Jesus is, there also are love, joy, peace, long-suffering, patience, godly sorrow, and every kindred perfection of the Christian character, all blending in the sweetest harmony, all uniting to celebrate the glory of God’s grace, and to crown Jesus Lord of all.
Among other reasons, faith is the queen grace because of what Heb. 11:6 teaches: without faith it is impossible to please Him.
We simply will fall flat on our faces and fail to please God if we don’t approach this campaign with eyes and hearts of faith.
May the queen grace descend upon us as we navigate these next several weeks, examining our hearts as to the nature of our priorities, seeking to hear from Him as to what He would have us do in the way of sacrificial giving, and believing that He is and is a rewarder of those who seek Him.