Buildings can be impressive to the human eye. Architects from around the world compete with designs from high-rises to homes and churches to see who can design the most modern and attractive. You can be assured that the cost of these structures is just staggering.
Solomon was handed the project from his father David of building the temple, and he did an outstanding job. Yet, there was something God was looking for; “Thus says the Lord: “Heaven is my throne, and the earth is my footstool; what is the house that you would build for me, and what is the place of my rest?” (Isaiah 66:1). If heaven was God’s throne and earth His footstool, what human construction could possibly begin to provide a place where God would be at “rest” with His people?
There are very few, even in Scripture, who had God’s idea of a dwelling place for God. Abraham was longing for this, “For he was looking forward to the city that has foundations, whose designer and builder is God” (Hebrews 11:10). Paul received the ultimate design when he referred to those who make up the church, “You also are being built together into a dwelling place for God by the Spirit” (Ephesians 2:22). Peter says that we “like living stones are being built up as a spiritual house, to be a holy priesthood, to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ” (1 Peter 2:5).
If we were to grasp the vast importance of God’s design for a house, a dwelling place for Him, we would place very little emphasis on buildings and places of worship. Our focus would become a pure temple in our hearts, designed and formed by God the Spirit. What house are you building?
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