I have never lived in a house, from the day I brought the Israelites out of Egypt until this very day. My home has always been a tent, moving from one place to another in a Tabernacle. – 1 Chronicles 17:5
I have a problem with some of the vocabulary we use in the church today. For example, we often say things like this:
“Welcome to the house of God!”
“I think I’ll go to church this morning.”
“We have a meeting in the sanctuary tonight.”
Here is my problem. God said, “I have never lived in a house.” So, where does God live? He lives in the hearts of His people! The true “House of God” is the hearts of those who belong to Him (not physically, of course, but in the power and presence of the Holy Spirit, He invades our lives). We can’t GO to church, because we ARE the church!
Perhaps this is why we think we need new buildings, when what we really need is new hearts.
It was once said that if you took all of the people who fell asleep in church and laid them end-to-end they would be more comfortable. – Anonymous
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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