In all my years as a Christian, God has allowed me to visit and experience many places of worship. Some stand out in my memory more than others. During a training trip to Cambodia in 2013, I was invited to speak at a church in Phnom Penh. It was located adjacent to the city dump where people survive by recycling plastic, bottles, and metal from the garbage. The small building on stilts was all made from scraps of lumber that was rescued from the dump. The path leading to this make-shift hut was muddy and littered with rotting garbage.
As I approached the hut with my guide, I noticed a ladder made of sticks leading up to the floor of the hut. In my condition even in those years, I wondered how I would make it into this little building. But there was one thing that pushed all the fears and concerns aside. Those who had already gathered were singing hymns of worship. Their genuine love for Jesus came through in every note and word they sang. I was deeply moved by their joy in such circumstances.
Yes, I have even been in grand cathedrals where I did not hear one note of praise or one word of worship. They were an empty shell devoted as a museum of history. DEAD!
“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). How would you answer this question? Would you refer to the next building project that cost thousands or millions of dollars, rupee or baht? Or would you point to the work of the Spirit in believers who are “being joined together, growing into a holy temple in the Lord…a dwelling place for God by the Spirit?” (Ephesians 2:21-22). Your answer tells the world what God means to you!
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