Monday, September 29, 2014

What If Jesus Came To My Church Today? Matthew 24:13

Is everything in church ok? Are there some things we do that do not make God happy?

"It is written," He said to them, "My house will be called a house of prayer, but you are making it a den of robbers." Matthew 21:13.

A LITTLE BACKGROUND
The quote above is from when Jesus entered the temple courts and found the merchants making a profit by changing money to temple coin and selling the sheep and cattle needed for sacrifices. Jesus drove the profiteers out of the temple.

ACTIONS OVER WORDS
The things Jesus did said more about him than his teaching. He did not complain about the injustice of profiting at the expense of poor people seeking God, instead he took action and drove the merchants from the house of worship.

YOU ARE THE CHURCH
The church God is not a building or even what we do in the building but the church is the people who come to the Lord through faith.

WHAT IF JESUS CAME TODAY
If Jesus turned over the tables and drove the crooks out of the temple what can we expect if he comes into our lives today. Would he judge, condemn, and throw everything out? Jesus was loving and gentle to those who came to him but was harsh to those who hindered them from coming. When we come to him we will find compassion.

OUR MOTIVATION
Knowing Christ brings us into a relationship. We can expect his activity in our lives; he will be loving but he will not tolerate compromise or hypocrisy for long. We should examine our acts and motives to see if any are offensive and turn from them. If Our Lord cleansed the temple we can expect he will do similar acts in our lives.

Though we should act against injustice and wrong doing we must turn from things that are wrong and ask his help to do right. He is willing to cleanse us and then we will be able to serve him, our churches and our communities.

To learn more about how to have a personal relationship with the Lord see my other blog.

(c)Adron Dozat
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