“Finish the Temple”

This week’s Pastor to Person was written by Pastor Rich Cathers.
So that the priests could not continue ministering because of the cloud; for the glory of the Lord filled the house of the Lord. (1 Kings 8:11)

It took him seven years, but Solomon had finally finished building the Temple in Jerusalem. During the dedication ceremony, sacrifices were made, the people praised, and God showed up. Can you even imagine being a person in the crowd seeing such an amazing thing – God manifested His presence.
A temple is where a “god” lives. Of course, God is far bigger than the Temple in Jerusalem, but you get the idea. The Bible tells us that because of the Holy Spirit in us, our bodies are also a Temple (1Cor. 6:19). It’s where He dwells. The Bible also tells us that when we as believers gather as a church, we too are a Temple (1Cor. 3:16). It’s where He dwells. Best of all, the Bible tells us that God is “enthroned” in the praises of His people (Ps. 22:3). In other words, that’s the moment that He “shows up”, when we give Him praise. It’s where He dwells.
The other day I ran into someone that I hadn’t been around for awhile. I almost didn’t recognize him. When you read your Bible or walk into church, do you recognize God and His presence? Come and join the worshippers around God’s throne as we give Him honor and praise. You just might realize that God has been here all along. And perhaps you might realize afresh the great love that He has for you. Let’s finish the Temple. Let’s give Him praise. It’s where He dwells.