Friday, May 8, 2015

Depot Dedication - Don't Touch God's Glory!

Today we dedicate our 14th building on campus called the Depot.  It is our Internet café, kitchen, and first cafeteria building.  We have had offices, classrooms, dormitories and chapel, but not a food service building.  This will make a huge impact on our live learn environment and a major victory.  This will also be a time of celebration for all God has done and a time of declaration of how God desires to use this building for His purposes.

As I ponder this moment of dedication and celebration my heart is filled with gratitude to the One who has made it all possible.  Many people have been inspired by the Lord to give to the renovation of this building.  Then last fall at our YWAM conference people gave $86,000 in an offering, which finished the funding of this building except for the roof, which we planned to take care of in a year or two.  Then two weeks ago a man that I had met came to campus and committed to replacing the roof with his construction company, which, based on an estimate we received from a local contractor worth $63,000.  In addition he has committed to provide the material and some of the labor for the seven dormitory cabins we are working on. I can truly sing with the Psalmist; “O Lord, our Lord, how awesome is your name through all the earth! I will sing of your majesty above the heavens” (Psalm 8:2 NASB)

No one who sees the magnitude of what has been accomplished at YWAM Orlando will ever give any one of our team, including me, credit; it has clearly been a work of our awesome and majestic God and His body the church.  I can really relate to Psalm 8:5,6 that says, “What is man that you are mindful of him”... When I think of our capacity it falls far short and yet God has worked through us to do His work in a mighty way.  I am truly grateful for the opportunity to have joined Him on this journey with the family we call YWAM Orlando.  There is much yet to do before our entire campus is renovated, but this building is a major victory for all of us.

As I think of our time of dedication I am compelled to remind our community who should really get the credit and glory for this victory – God!  As leaders not only do we need to be careful not to touch God’s glory, but we also must work to ensure that no one in our community takes credit for the work of God.  We must lead out in honoring, praising, and glorifying God for His magnificent work.

“O Lord, our Lord, how awesome is your name through all the earth! I will sing of your majesty above the heavens” (Psalm 8:2 NASB)

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