“Yet the Most High does not dwell in houses made with human hands …” – Acts 7: 48I do believe, in the words of the song, “The church is not a building, the church is not a steeple, the church is not a resting place, the church is a people.” But I also believe that sacred spaces matter. Our buildings ground us in a particular place and provide continuity with the generations that have worshipped there. But in the wake of the current situation where churches are closed, Christians don’t have to despair. Jesus said, “For where two or three gather in My name, there am I with them.“ That’s our greatest confidence. He’s there in our midst and He hears our cries and answers us. So, people of God, pray alone, pray with someone, if you have no one to pray with, call someone on the phone and pray with them. Immanuel-God is with us!
They all joined together constantly in prayer, along with the women and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with his brothers. Acts 1:14 After they had prayed, their meeting place was shaken, and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and spoke the word of God boldly. Acts 4:31 How did the early church turn the world upside down? The verses above tell it all. When the church comes together in prayer, in one accord, miracles happen and strongholds are broken. There is true repentance and transformation in the lives of people. Let’s realize the value of prayer, let’s participate and encourage prayer in our churches. No activity, however important they are, can replace prayer in our churches and in our individual lives.
1 Corinthians 1:10
I appeal to you, in the name of our Lord Jesus, that all of you agree with one another in what you say and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be perfectly united.
It’s when we fight, gossip, criticize, or hold feelings of bitterness, we have divisions. So how does unity occur in the church when it’s made up of people with such diverse backgrounds? We need to put the interest of the church above ours. Every one of our decisions in the church is to be viewed through the mind of Christ. He alone gives us His unique and unifying perspective. When everybody decides to put the things of Christ first, so that the honour and glory of Christ might be advanced, it brings harmony in a congregation.
“For where two or three are gathered together in My name, there am I in the midst of them.” (Matthew 18:20)
There’s something wonderful about the unity we experience when we are together as believers. Jesus Christ promised to be present when His people gather in His name. We go to church to meet the King of kings and the Lord of lords and to worship Him. We go there to hear Him speak. What a privilege! Go to church this Sunday and be blessed.
John 12:26 ‘If anyone serves Me, he must follow Me; and where I am, My servant will be as well. If anyone serves Me, the Father will honour him.’
There are great rewards for those who choose to follow the Lord and serve Him. Once you have made your choice, you will never be separated from Him. What you are doing does not go unnoticed by the Lord. Your faithfulness and serving will bring you honour before your Heavenly Father.
PRAYER: Lord, it is my desire and my choice to follow and serve You with all my heart. May my life be an instrument in Your hands to bring hope, healing and life to those around me! In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
I was glad when they said to me, “Let us go into the house of the Lord."—Psalm 122:1
It is a place of worship, it is the house of God, the house of prayer and believers are the family of God. Where broken hearts are mended, the unloved are loved, the lost find a place of refuge. The bible says, ‘You are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it.” Let us truly be the hands and feet of Jesus and reach out to the needy, the sick and the hurting. Let us direct people to Jesus and show them the way to heaven. Let us be an oasis of hope in a desert of hopelessness.