Would Jesus be happy walking in your church on Sunday morning, or would He be angry? What would He find? Sleepy believers going through the routine of worship? Would He find believers there ready to engage and worship?
Jesus walked in the Temple in Jerusalem and became angry at what was going on (Mathew 21: 12-13). He found people using this sacred place to sell goods and crowded out the Gentiles from being able to worship.
Are Churches Today Angering God?
Are we not to supposed to sell goods at church? I was little confused on this matter when I read this text again. You know it is a common church practice to sell books, CD’s, tickets to the next event, etc. This passage made me question are churches today angering God.
Search a little deeper, and you will find why Jesus was outraged. It was not simply the selling of sacrificial animals going on. Merchants were charging inflated prices to foreigners. The money changers were not changing the foreign currency for Temple coins (The only money used for purchases in the Temple) ethically. They would skew the exchange rate in their favor.
Jesus was angry about the deceit going on within the Temple walls. The Temple was Holy Ground and the place where God dwelt for the Jews to worship Him, and offer up sacrifices to Him. He was angry, because their heart was out for greed, and not for helping people come and worship His Father.
Where is your heart today?
Where is your heart today? When you go to church are you ready to focus on Him, or is it a couple of hours to endure? I have been guilty many times not being focused on worship, and more concerned about what was going on after church.
God desires us to come to Him with our whole heart in church and alone with Him. When we surrender our will to His, worshipping Him becomes a natural flow from our heart. However, between the enemy and distractions of life we can be so busy we crowd God from our hearts and lives.
Today, take fifteen to twenty minutes to focus on God and God alone. He is Holy. Have you thought about this lately? He is Holy and desires us to worship Him. Not because He is egotistical and wants us to be His puppets. He is Holy and desires a relationship with us. We cannot be in a right relationship with Him unless we have confessed our sins, and asked for His forgiveness.
Pray the Psalms
I love reading the Psalms. They are a great place to help me focus on God. Praise Him for who He is and remember whose I am. I am a daughter of the King of the Most High God. He is my God. Praise Your God today for who He is.
Ask God to lay a Psalm number on your heart to read and praise Him. I love to do this. God often brings me to one which speaks directly to my situation at the time. Other times I am not sure why He chose the number He did. I praise Him either way through the Psalm. Praying God’s word is a powerful way to change our focus and perspective to Him instead of what is going on in our little world.
One week before Jesus gave his life for us He was appalled and angered by the deceit going on in the Temple walls. As we approach Easter, consider what is going on within the walls of your heart. Are you seeking His face? Are you seeking to be more like Him?
I will be honest with you. There has been many significant life changes and decisions going on in my life lately. I have a huge project I am working on to grow my business. My focus has not been on worshipping God as much as focused on asking God to do things for me. I need His help, but I can’t solely focus on what I want. Focusing on my needs only becomes idol worship. God is not a genie in a bottle. He is there for me, but as His child, He wants more than a “taking” relationship with me.
Stopping to prepare this post helped me realize my focus has been off. The past few days I have spent time focusing on Him. He knows my every need. He has all the details worked out. When I focus on Him, He reveals to me the next step I need to take.
Take a deep breath. Turn the TV or radio off. Close Your Eyes. Give Him your full attention for the next fifteen minutes. Afterward, write down anything He spoke to Your heart, or how you feel.
Choose ways to keep your focus on Him all year long!
Did you try the exercise?
How did it make you feel?
Post in the comments below.
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