Be Still . . .
Devotionals for Daily Living ©
On reaching Jerusalem, Jesus entered the temple area and began driving out those who were buying and selling there. He overturned the tables of the money changers and the benches of those selling doves, and would not allow anyone to carry merchandise through the temple courts. And as he taught them, he said, “Is it not written:
” `My house will be called a house of prayer for all nations’ ?
But you have made it `a den of robbers.’ ”
(Mark 11:15-17 (NIV))
How do you treat God’s House?
It is true that we don’t have to go to the “Temple” or into a church building to be with God. By dying on the cross for our sins, Jesus tore the veil of the Temple in two from top to bottom. In other words, because of an action by God, He was able to reestablish a direct communication between us and Him. We no longer have to turn to the Temple and the priests to do the intercession on our behalf. We have Jesus, who sits at the right hand of God the Father as our intercessor.
Still, we must treat each and every building where we gather to worship as if it God were there, after all:
For where two or three come together in my name, there am I with them.
(Matthew 8:20 (NIV))
If we gather together in the name of Jesus and then we commit acts that defile where we gather, we are defiling the holy name of Jesus. He is in our midst. He is part of our worship. How can we turn the house in which we gather into anything but what it is in that moment – a holy place to worship God.
Ever since the veil of the Temple was torn, we can approach God directly and individually, but we must also approach Him collectively.
Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another–and all the more as you see the Day approaching.
(Hebrews 10:25 (NIV))
We must treat our assembly with respect for it is where we go to collectively, as the Body of Christ, to meet with Him and to praise Him.
Do you go to someone’s house and then do things that are disrespectful to the owner of the house?