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God In The Neighborhood

God In The Neighborhood

16 September 2010

Today’s Reading: Ezekiel 40-41; Psalm 128; Revelation 21

Scripture:

I heard a voice thunder from the Throne: “Look! Look! God has moved into the neighborhood, making his home with men and women! They’re his people, he’s their God.” (Revelation 21:3 MSG)

I read this morning in Ezekiel 40-41 that Ezekiel was carried in a vision to Jerusalem where he saw a magnificent temple, a place for God to live among his people. John was carried by the Spirit to an unknown location and saw the New Jerusalem, descending out of heaven – a city where God lived coming down to where man lives.

One thing that’s clear in all God’s communication with us throughout the Bible is that God wants relationship with us – with people – and he makes the effort to facilitate that. God came to walk with Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden. God had Moses build a Tabernacle where he would dwell with his people in their wilderness journey. God chose a location in Jerusalem for a temple – a God house. God sent his Son to be one of us and to live among us. God sent his Spirit to live inside us.

As I read these chapters, I looked out onto the cul-de-sac where I live at the other seven houses around the circle. Then I thought about the various church buildings and campuses around the town I live in. I thought of the homes of all the Christ-followers scattered among the homes in each neighborhood.

What would it really be like if for every home of a Christ-follower and for every local church campus or facility it could be said: “Look! Look! God has moved into the neighborhood, making his home with men and women…!”

I know that’s not exactly what this chapter is about, but it makes me think. At this point, I know I’m not home enough and not engaged enough with the others in my community for it to seem that “God has moved into the neighborhood.” I know that of the seven houses in my neighborhood, only three families attend church.

Prayer:

Father, Today I’m thinking about the fact that I’m a “professional Christian” and yet I’m not fully engaged in my neighborhood and not really engaged in the community. I’m listening. Is there something you want me to hear and understand? And do differently? Help me be part of “God moving into the neighborhood.” Amen.

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