Are you looking after your house?
No, the title has nothing to do with renovating/cleaning your home, it’s about ‘us’, our church, our ‘house of God’. Are we caring for and loving ‘our family home’?
Yes, under the Old Testament (O.T.) the tabernacle/temple was called ‘the house of God’, but the infinite God of the universe could never ‘properly’ dwell in bricks and mortar (e.g. as God says in Isaiah 66:1, and as Stephen reminded Israel in Acts 7:48-50). So a church building isn’t ‘the house of God/the Lord’.
What now is God’s house … is us! (and every other church). As Hebrews 3:6 says:
“But Christ is faithful over God’s house. And we are his house …”
This is an exciting truth. The O.T. temple was (physically) glorious; it was spectacular — and that glory has now been transferred to the worldwide Church and each individual congregation (the Greek word for ‘church’ is ekklesia, which means a gathering, an assembly).
So, we should both thank God for the physical buildings and facilities we have at TGS, and the people who maintain them. We should thank and praise God for them, ultimately, because in and through them we can do ministry. They are a great means to an even greater end.
What matters most is caring for the people: each other — the church. So are you looking after your house here? Are you speaking and living out the gospel of Jesus in your attitudes, words and actions? Like, are you meeting with God’s people here (your family, your house) each week so you can be encouraged, spurred on and, if needed, exhorted to keep going in Jesus?
Since I became a Christian I have gone to church twice on Sundays, been a part of a Home Group and served in some specific way — not because I’m super-holy’ (I’m not) or because we ‘must’ (we don’t have to), but because they have been very helpful to me and helped me care for my house. It’s not about being a legalist but knowing that I can only be helped or serve others if I’m here (on Sunday, and at other times). Often, I will only hear of people’s needs and things I can pray for them and be able to say something to encourage them on Sunday. So, friends, let’s make sure that we prioritise looking after our house, because God loves that.
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