Good morning people who have an accurate and honouring view of God’s House.
Once when Jesus went into the temple, He saw people using the temple as a place of business. This was a misuse – and therefore, an abuse – of God’s house.
Here’s where we read the following:
John 2:16-17 NIV To those who sold doves he said, “Get these out of here! Stop turning my Father’s house into a market!” His disciples remembered that it is written: “Zeal for your house will consume me.”
Yes, we – people – are now the house of God; the dwelling place of the Holy Spirit. But this is not at the expense or the end of the corporate gathering together of the saints which is a mark of New Testament Christianity.
Today, I am stirred to talk about the house of God as the ekklesia; the church; the called out ones who meet together.
While some still misuse the house of God as a place of business, many now misuse the house of God by not going at all, or maybe going infrequently. Plainly put, this is not God’s intention and it doesn’t do anyone any good.
Discipleship doesn’t happen alone. We need each other. We are the body of Christ, and we are meant to be fitly joined together. If you get irritated at church, it’s highly likely that you are exactly where you need to be in order to grow. Stop criticising what God is using to mature you!
Jesus called the temple, “My Father’s house.” It’s time to stop spiritualising our disdain for the church! It’s the house of God!
Even in its imperfect state, Jesus had a consuming zeal for the house of God.