Every so often, on a Sunday morning, one of our worship leaders will say something like, “Isn’t it good to be in the house of the Lord”. That’s what most people call the church building. And, that’s a pretty fair assessment of what it actually is. But if you take the people out of that ‘house’, it is really just another building. There’s nothing holy about a building. It’s the people that make it the ‘house of the Lord’.
Every time I hear them say that I say to myself, “Yeah, it’s good to be ‘in’ the house of the Lord…..but it’s better to ‘be’ the house of the Lord!”. If you find that to be a strange observation….here’s where I’m coming from. Paul, in one of his letters said it this way, “Don’t you know that you’re the temple of God, and that the Holy Spirit lives in you?” Paul had received a great revelation when he had his encounter with the Lord on the road to Damascus. It totally, and literally, turned his world, not upside down but, ‘right side up’! He talked about, in another of his letters, “a mystery among the Gentiles, which is, Christ in you….the hope of glory”. God doesn’t live in structures built with hands. In fact, he could live anywhere He wants to….but His choice is to live in us, individually and corporately. It’s this ‘temple’ that He wants to restore….and fill with His glory.
So, I’ll agree…..it’s good to be “in” the house of the Lord….but it’s even better to “be” the house of the Lord!
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Wow, Bud…..I’m humbled! Thanks a bunch!
I hear many people say I don’t have to go to church to go to heaven. True they don’t. We love going to church. We Love feeling all the houses, people, under one roof with the holy ghost flowing in so many people. We have been going to Trinity Tomorrow for over a year. The people who come are always so kind and caring. I feel like it’s a family reunion every time I enter the door. It feels like my days are longer and I’m full of energy. I can hit things head on that used to block me in corners. No you don’t have to go to church to get to heaven, but sure helps me to fellowship with others.