Furnish the Task
2 Corinthians 8:11–12
Now also finish the task, so that just as there was an eager desire,
there may also be a completion, according to what you have.
For if the eagerness is there, the gift is acceptable according to what a person has,
not according to what he does not have.
It might sound a little strange, but the goal of our building project isn’t to build a building. The goal of our building project is to carry out our mission as a congregation. That means that when the building is completed, our work as a congregation has just begun. We want to be able to hit the ground running so that we can carry out the mission God has given to us.
A vital part of carrying out our mission is to have the appropriate furnishings in our new building so that we can utilize the space to its full potential. Again, the goal of furnishing the building is not to have a furnished building. The goal is to be able to carry out the tasks required for our mission.
The generous gifts that our congregation has offered are resulting in a space that gives glory to God. Now we ask you: finish the work, not so much by furnishing the building, but by furnishing the task we have before us of faithfully carrying out our mission to nurture lives for Christian service and to share Christ with all.