King David, a man after God’s own heart, wanted to build a house for the name of The Lord. It was David’s relationship with God, that stirred him in the first place to even desire taking on such a great task. King David was a man who grew closer and closer to God. His desire was to never excluded God from his plans. The Lord was the spark that ignited King David’s heart, a spark that continued on with his son Solomon.
As you read these words of a father speaking with his son, I hope David’s words jumped off the pages at you as they did for me when I read them.
1 Chronicles 22:5-13
David said, “My son Solomon is young and inexperienced, and the house to be built for the Lord should be of great magnificence and fame and splendor in the sight of all the nations. Therefore I will make preparations for it.” So David made extensive preparations before his death.
Then he called for his son Solomon and charged him to build a house for the Lord, the God of Israel. David said to Solomon: “My son, I had it in my heart to build a house for the Name of the Lord my God. But this word of the Lord came to me: ‘You have shed much blood and have fought many wars. You are not to build a house for my Name, because you have shed much blood on the earth in my sight. But you will have a son who will be a man of peace and rest, and I will give him rest from all his enemies on every side. His name will be Solomon, and I will grant Israel peace and quiet during his reign. He is the one who will build a house for my Name. He will be my son, and I will be his father. And I will establish the throne of his kingdom over Israel forever.’
“Now, my son, the Lord be with you, and may you have success and build the house of the Lord your God, as he said you would. May the Lord give you discretion and understanding when he puts you in command over Israel, so that you may keep the law of the Lord your God. Then you will have success if you are careful to observe the decrees and laws that the Lord gave Moses for Israel. Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or discouraged.
How often do you take the time to give God thanks for the people he has placed in your life to bless you? Have you truly listened to the prayers of those who have prayed for you. How did it make you feel?
The answer to these questions, only you know. Do yourself a favor and take a moment to think about these question and answer them truthfully. I did and was amazed by how God moves in our midst though prayer, people, and even total strangers at times.
David didn’t allow disappointment to set in and fuel his emotions. When God told him that he wouldn’t be the one to build a house for his name, he accepted and planned for his son’s future. David aligned himself with the will of God concerning a temple that would bear God’s name.
ARE YOU FUELED BY EMOTIONS?
Are you allowing your emotions to drive you everywhere but to your knees? Or where God wants you to be? STOP IT, prayer is our life line to Jesus. The Bible tells us the house of the Lord is called a house of prayer. Hear Solomon’s conversation about God. See how he’s encouraging the congregation of believers.
1 Kings 8:27-30
But will God really dwell on earth? The heavens, even the highest heaven, cannot contain you. How much less this temple I have built! Yet give attention to your servant’s prayer and his plea for mercy, Lord my God. Hear the cry and the prayer that your servant is praying in your presence this day. May your eyes be open toward this temple night and day, this place of which you said, ‘My Name shall be there,’ so that you will hear the prayer your servant prays toward this place. Hear the supplication of your servant and of your people Israel when they pray toward this place. Hear from heaven, your dwelling place, and when you hear, forgive.
WHAT DO YOU SEE?
If you see the church and people standing outside of the church, you have agreed with ninety percent on the people I have asked this question. You should see their faces when I ask, “The people are the church, aren’t they?” The point that I am making here is that God’s people have become so focused on the BUILDING that bears God’s name that they identify with the building more then each other. I have myself been duped by satan’s trick. There have been times that my family and I have been driving to go to worship with the saints on a Sunday and somehow me and my wife got into a heated fellowship- translation – ARGUMENT. No sooner we pull into the parking lot everybody in the car is instructed to be on their best behavior because we are about to go into church. But aren’t we the church? I am sure none of you have been there, RIGHT!
NEWSFLASH! GOD’S PEOPLE ARE THE CHURCH NOT A BUILDING.
We have put so much emphasis on the building that we center every thing around it with all types of activities exercise, entertainment, you name it. Don’t get me wrong, activities can be a great time of fellowship, teaching, and growth. But, unfortunately many times God is not the center of these activities. He’s on the side lines or even left out all together. And to think that it’s all done in the name of Jesus.
We need to remember what 1 Corinthians 3:16 tells us. Don’t you know that you yourselves are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in your midst? And
1 Corinthians 6:19-20 Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies.
Christians honor God before you get to the building that bears His name. Remember that the building is just that, a building. It holds no more significance or power because it has a cross on the roof or a sign out front. What makes the church building truly “the church” are the Holy Spirit filled people who when they enter bring the very spirit of God with them. We are “the church” where ever we go!