God doesn’t live here
Maybe you’ve heard the phrase at a church gathering that goes like this: “We’re gathered today in the Lord’s house to worship/learn/honor/ etc.” But I have to be honest with you. It’s not true.
There is no building/structure/room/cathedral/auditorium/sanctuary/amphitheatre that can claim to be God’s house.
Paul is pretty clear about this in Acts 17:24
The God who made the world and everything in it is the Lord of heaven and earth and does not live in temples built by human hands.
That’s not to say God doesn’t have a house. Just that it doesn’t look like yours and mine. It looks like you and me. That’s right…God’s house is his people…people who are made to bear his image, to reflect his character into this world.
And Peter drives this point home with clarity when he says this in 1 Peter 2:5
And you are living stones that God is building into his spiritual temple.
As we continue in our series on “Where Was God,” it’s encouraging (or maybe a bit unsettling?) to remember that God is not locked up in a building somewhere. God’s residence is in you. And me. And every follower of Christ.
So when we gather on the weekend, that’s God’s house. But not because of the bricks and concrete, but because of the brothers and sisters who make up the family of God.
See you at “God’s house” when it meets this weekend!