Monday, 22 January 2018

Devotional Tea 26: A House of Prayer, Not Lust

Scripture: Mark 11:15-17 (NIV)

On reaching Jerusalem, Jesus entered the temple courts and began driving out those who were buying and selling there. He overturned the tables of the money changers and the benches of those selling doves, and would not allow anyone to carry merchandise through the temple courts. And as he taught them, he said, “Is it not written: ‘My house will be called a house of prayer for all nations’? But you have made it ‘a den of robbers.’”

Meditation:

Why the big rush for titles in the house of God? Every Tom, Dick, and Harry wants to have “Dr.” against their name, even those who cannot as much as spell their own name. Is this leadership – scrambling for titles and prominence? Everyone wants to be called daddy, mummy, Apostle, Prophet, etc. Is this the example we received of Christ? Are these the crowns we have to present to Him? Are the titles and the names more important than the work? Isn’t it more honorable to allow the works to speak?

Howbeit, abuse is inevitable when the true essence of a thing is lost. And, that seems to be where we are as a church, in more cases than not. Instead of giving ourselves to prayers and bringing God’s kingdom to bear upon the earth, we are busy building our own little empire. We have relegated God to the backyard that is if He is there at all. We have made the titles more important than the service itself. The day of reckoning is close at hand.

Let the people of God arise and come back to the place of prayers. Let us return to the priestly role to which we are called. Let our hearts bleed for the things that make God’s bleed. Let us take on His burden and His yoke. Let us humble ourselves once again before Him who has called us to life. Let us make His House the House of prayer as He desires. Will you?

Further Reading: Isaiah 56:7; Matthew 21:13; Luke 19:28-48.
Prayer: Lord, teach me to pray.

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