The priests could not enter the Temple of the Lord because the glorious presence of the Lord filled it. – 2 Chronicles 7:2
I like to be busy. I don’t even mind having a lot of responsibilities. I enjoy (most of the time) serving the Lord, but is it possible for my service to become a sinful thing? When the visible presence of God (the cloud) entered into the newly constructed Temple in Jerusalem, the priests could not enter there and serve. It seems that the presence of God prohibited their activities.
Sometimes, in the service of God … in the activity of ministry …, we may need to STOP “doing” and recognize His presence. Otherwise, we risk the possibility that our service will become a ritual (mindless, spiritless activity) that is lacking true worship that the Lord requires. In fact, if we remain focused on His presence, then our service may actually cease … necessarily, while we are immersed in His all-encompassing glory.
Where is God in your service and is your “service” found in Him?
Dr. David Pope is President and Founder of POPE Initiatives, a non-profit organization committed to providing executive-level management and support services for major global mission efforts.
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