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This weekend at TCC:
Pastor’s Note: A Passion for God’s House
By any measure, King David’s devotion to the Lord is exemplary. At the end of his life, he gives away his ‘treasure’ and the monies amassed in the course of his reign for the building of God’s house, the place where the people can meet with God in worship. The amount of the donation check is measured in precious metals, the currency of the ancient world (1 Chronicles 29:1-5). Even if we don’t have any sense of the value of gold and silver on the Stock Market in the 10th Century BC, we know it was an enormous amount of money, along with endless supplies of building materials. In David’s mind, nothing is too extravagant to build a Temple fit for the One and True God, Creator of the universe and to whom belong all things (2 Chronicles 29:14). David is putting it all on the line and is giving it all away. We may question David’s investment strategy, but somehow, from God’s vantage point, his financial planning seems to have worked out pretty well for David since he died “at a good old age, full of days, riches and honor” (2 Chronicles 29:26). In addition to continuing to recognize God’s favor and His presence in our lives (see last week), another key to finishing well is to develop a passion for God’s house that will express itself in a commitment to be a blessing: ‘All in’ is the idea here.
Of course, God’s house is never really about mortar and brick nor some kind of virtual church, instead, it’s a “building not made with hands,” (2 Corinthians 5:2). It’s a people “being built into a dwelling place for God by the Spirit” (Ephesians 2:21-22). Passion for God’s house runs deep and impacts everything we do. It’s far greater than a plea for regular church attendance or financial giving (although these are important of course). It goes at the heart of what we value most in this materialistic and utilitarian world of ours: embracing the people that God puts on your path and joining in fellowship with one another. So whether we are just starting on the journey to knowing God or we’ve walked with Him a long time, the sure way to keep going translates into passion for God’s house.
Questions for reflection:
After he puts it all on the line, David turns to the leaders in Israel and asks them a pointed question: “Who then will offer willingly, consecrating himself (and herself) today to the Lord?” (1 Chronicles 29:5). We ask the same question today. Where are we in this journey? Are we ready to go deeper with God? Have we somehow lost that passion for God’s house along the way? Maybe it’s time to rekindle that passion or to ignite it for the first time. God’s house is always open for business. Maybe it’s time to recommit to more regular worship with other believers. Maybe it’s time to go deeper and seek deeper fellowship through life groups and other ways to get closer to God and one another. The key to this is that it’s never too late to make the journey back.
The prevailing image we should have is the father who is waiting for us to welcome us back with open arms. God’s house is a place where we receive His blessing of forgiveness. It’s the place for all of us prodigal sons who are in various stages in this journey back to the Father. Once we do, it’s a great celebration (Luke 15:11-32)!