The Habitation of God
"Don’t you know that you yourselves are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in your midst?” (1 Corinthians 3:16 NIV)
When we say the word “church,” we may immediately think of the building where we gather. But, actually, it is we who are the church; and as we come together, we become the habitation of God. Therefore, when we meet, we should not be caught up with whoever is singing or speaking that day, but rather we should covet the presence of God among us. Our desire should be that when people visit our churches, they won’t leave talking about the pastor or the special music, but will leave saying, “God is in their midst!” I’ve seen churches built on personalities, spectacular music talent, and huge building projects. These things come and go, but when a church is built on God’s presence, they have an impact on those around them. The Lord is looking for wholeness and unity in a body of believers so he can come and manifest his presence among them. But how will God dwell where there’s friction and folks gossiping about one another? Let’s covet the presence of God, asking God to unite us and make us what he wants us to be. As believers, we are sealed with the Holy Spirit of God. Now let us allow God to complete his work of building us together as living stones for a holy habitation for him. Through his presence among us, we can turn the world upside down for his glory and for his honor!
Read 1 Corinthians 3:9-16.