As we finish up Ezekiel, we see how important the temple is. There are rules, and specific lay outs. Each with its own purpose.
On November 12, Pastor Brandon showed us in the book of Acts how important it still was to gather with others. In a temple, or wherever you can.
We, as a church, have been challenged on occasions to meet and make things welcoming to all. I am so thankful for the leaders of our church family. I am thankful for their hearts, and fierce determination to do what it takes to lead others to Christ. There have been times when it would have been easier to walk away, but being the same lovers of Christ that Cornelius, the Centurion was, they didn’t.
In Exodus, as the Israelites made their way across the desert, they were instructed to build a place to worship. And there was a plan to move it as they traveled. As our set up and tear down team can attest, that was no small feat, but it was necessary.
Solomon built a beautiful temple. Ezekiel was given instructions on how to build a temple. Cornelius opened his home. Jesus sat on the side of a mountain. Paul, from his prison cell. Journey from a bunch of places- parking lots, civic centers, gyms, or whatever door was open.
My prayer today is that we all remember we are the church. And as Pastor said, that I must use my talents. While remembering, I am only a vessel, not the answer.