15 So they came to Jerusalem. Then Jesus went into the temple and began to drive out those who bought and sold in the temple, and overturned the tables of the money changers and the seats of those who sold doves. 16 And He would not allow anyone to carry wares through the temple. 17 Then He taught, saying to them, “Is it not written, ‘My house shall be called a house of prayer for all nations’? But you have made it a ‘den of thieves.’ ”
When Jesus entered into the Temple, he got angry with the merchants hawking their wares in the outer court.What was once a sacred place of worship and prayer has become a platform for a profit-driven industry. Jesus reminded the people the purpose of the Temple was for them to worship God and make known His Name to the nations. And when people lose sight of God’s intent, they will often corrupt what was once given for their benefit and blessing.
It is good to remind ourselves why God gives us the church.
The church is never a building or a meeting place, but a community of God’s people who are called out by God from the world to a love relationship with Him and called into the world by God with the good news of His love. However, we can easily forget the importance of our calling and find ourselves doing so many things that have nothing to do with who God calls us to be in Christ.
Christ loves His Church.
However, Jesus will not hesitate to point out where some of our thinking and habits do not hold together with the truth of His gospel. He does so only because He wants us to look to Him and conform to His image. In revealing Himself to the seven churches in the Book of Revelation, Jesus wanted the believers to remember the truth of their identity and embrace the purpose He has created them for—just as the Father sent Him, Jesus sends them (and us as well) to be His light to the nations.
When you or the church align your heart with Christ’s heart, it is hard to steer off course and end up taking the wrong road. Truth is: the more established you are in the gospel of God’s grace, the less you are tossed to and fro by every wind of false doctrines and fake life choices.
If you are unsure of your relationship with God right now, don’t fret but feel free to ask the Holy Spirit to help you to discover your place in God.
Application: What have I learned about God and my relationship with Him?
© Copyright Richard Tan, 2019.
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