29 Sep Love His House
Here is thought that I want you to carry with you this week: God’s House is not a PLACE TO GO … it is a BODY to which WE BELONG! We, together, form the house of God. We meet in a building each week and worship Him, but the people who are in that building form the house, the BODY to which WE BELONG.
As a Family here at Trinity, we come together to build, strengthen, and grow the church because we have A Heart For His House. We do this with ATTITUDE, with a GOAL, and with PASSION!
Our ATTITUDE: An Honest Love
“They did not require an accounting from those to whom they gave the money to pay the workers, because they acted with complete honesty” (2 Kings 12:15).
This is a recounting of the story of King Joash and his desire to repair the Temple of the Lord. The men receiving the money to do the repairs were not required to account for the money they received, because they acted with COMPLETE HONESTY. Here is a little history for this verse. Joash was only seven years old when he began to reign in Judah. His father, Ahaziah, was wicked, as was his grandmother Athaliah. When Athaliah found out that Jehu, God’s servant, had killed Ahaziah, she had all the Royal princes killed except her grandson Joash, who was but a baby. She did this to secure her own rule in Judah. God had a plan for Joash, and a nurse escaped with him and raised him in the Temple until he was 7. When men of God finally dispensed with the wicked Athaliah, her seven-year-old grandson’s first order was to repair the temple of the Lord. At seven years old, the young Joash had such a love for God that his greatest desire and his first order as king was to repair God’s House. The people were so overcome with repentance and love for the Lord that they did the work because they had an HONEST Love For God’s House. When I walk into the building here at Trinity, I can feel that same Honest Love. I can see it in the faces of the children, I feel it in the hugs and handshakes of our Trinity Family, and I am almost overwhelmed by it when we stand together and worship our Lord. At Trinity, we have an Honest Love for God and for His House.
Our GOAL: Our Love for God’s House Consumes Us
“The people are bringing more than enough for doing the work the Lord commanded to be done” (Exodus 36:5).
Moses had asked the people of Israel to have those who were willing to bring offerings to build the temple in the wilderness. A previous verse says they continued to bring offerings morning after morning. The truth is, they were consumed with a love for God’s house. It’s hard to believe that eventually Moses had to ask the people to stop bringing offerings because there was more than enough. I dare say that if this kind of love for God’s house was prevalent among all Believers today, the world would be evangelized! I’m not saying everyone would come to faith in Jesus, but the Gospel would certainly circle the globe into every tribe and nation! Let’s lay all of that aside for a moment and just talk about you and me. What about our love for His house? I’m always asking myself, “How much do you really love His house, His gospel, His Word, His ways?” But think about it, What can we REALLY do when we let Our Love For God’s House Consume Us? That is our What If question! We look to the future, consumed by LOVE, and ready to bring more than enough!
This is our PASSION: A Zeal for His House!
“For zeal for your house consumes me, and the insults of those who insult you fall on me” (Psalm 69:9).
King David couldn’t get enough of God’s House. Here he told the Lord that he had such a ZEAL for the Lord’s house that it literally consumed him. The King had a great love for the House of the Lord. More so, he sought the presence of the Lord. Here are just a few of David’s statements about HIS HOUSE: “Better is one day in your court than a thousand elsewhere” (Ps. 84:10a). “I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God than dwell in the tents of the wicked” (Ps. 84:10b). “Those who are planted in the house of the Lord shall flourish!” (Ps. 92:13). He spent years drawing plans and saving money so his son Solomon could one day build a permanent Temple for the Lord. In light of David’s passion, each of us must ask ourselves, “Do I have A Zeal For The House Of The Lord?”
I’ve always believed that the house of the Lord is our Meeting Place. It’s a place where we meet with God and meet with people. Both are important. When we meet with The Lord, burdens are lifted. Jesus can fix our present situation in a minute if we can give Him a minute. Meeting with people is important too, because in the House of the Lord we find people of like-minded faith. You’ve heard it said, “Show me your friends and I’ll show you your future!” We usually meet people in church who become lifelong friends and help keep us moving forward with Jesus. This is why, in time, a zeal, a passion, and a love develops for God’s House. It wasn’t just King David who loved God’s House. Together we can all say, “I Love His House!”