“However, the Most High does not live in houses made by human hands. As the prophet says: ‘Heaven is my throne, and the earth is my footstool. What kind of house will you build for me? says the Lord. Or where will my resting place be? Has not my hand made all these things?’” Acts 7:48-50
Verses chosen from today’s Bible reading: Exodus 28-29, and Acts 7.
God is outside the walls of the churches you and I attend.
When we think that church is where we worship God, we limit Him.
He is everywhere. If I am inside a church building, how can I praise Him for His creations. I can’t see them from there!
We often criticize the godless for not seeing God in their midst, but don’t we do the same thing when we narrow worship into church attendance?
Not for a second should you imagine that I am disparaging church attendance. Hardly. It is essential. However, beyond those four walls are many places and opportunities to worship Him. I must not miss them.
I heard a stat in church (Hope Community Church – Newburyport) Sunday about church attendance: Only 6% of those living in Essex County (MA) are in church on Sundays. My first instinct is that I have to get the outside 94% into a church, but that may not be the best thing to come out of the low number.
Those on the outside need to see/learn that they are in the midst of God’s creation. If they learn to appreciate what God has done, then they will be inclined to be with folks who are praising that God in a church.
I must be quick to vocalize my recognition of there being a God who has made great things.
“Lord, I can see Your handiwork as I look out the window near where I am typing this entry. You are in my midst and I’m not in church. You are everywhere. Help me not to forget Your presence. Help me to share You with those I’m with today. I love You, Father.”
We must not limit God to buildings. He’s everywhere.