For God To Meet Us
17 May 2017
Reading: 1 Kings 2; 1 Chronicles 29; Psalm 95; 2 Thessalonians 1
Then David the king addressed the congregation: “My son Solomon was singled out and chosen by God to do this. But he’s young and untested and the work is huge—this is not just a place for people to meet each other, but a house for God to meet us. (1 Chronicles 29:1 MSG)
David was passionate about building a house for God. Even though his son Solomon would actually build the temple, David gave huge amounts of his personal wealth and challenged the leaders of the nation and all the people to give generously toward the construction of a temple for God.
1 Chronicles 29:1 gives an insight into why David was so committed to building a house for God; “..this is not just a place for people to meet each other, but a house for God to meet us!”
When we plant a church, and then rent a facility or acquire property and construct a building, it’s more than a community center for neighbors to gather for concerts or events. It’s more than an educational facility where learning and training take place. It’s more than an office complex where the work of the church is administrated. It’s more than a place for people to meet each other. It’s a house for God to meet us!
When we construct a “sanctuary” we are designating a sacred space. We are creating a place where busy, worried, hurting, excited, tired, grieving, rejoicing people can gather to have an encounter with the living God. The building doesn’t make the meeting with God happen, but it provides a place where we can diligently and faithfully prepare so that God’s people can gather to celebrate their faith, to share their challenges, and to encounter their God.
Father, Please remind us as church leaders and influencers of the importance of helping people regularly and consistently encounter their God. Remind us as Christ-followers of the importance of creating sacred space, in our lives, in our community of faith, where we can gather with each other and where our God can meet us. Help us to learn to do it better – not just professionally better, but passionately, diligently, spiritually, creatively better. So your people can meet with you and you can meet us. Amen.