Prepare Him Room

Prepare Him RoomGod has always been concerned with the appropriate display of His glory.

The detailed design and construction of the tabernacle and the temple in the Old Testament were all about displaying the amazing glory of God. Consider the words of David in 1 Chronicles 22:5:

The house that is to be built for the LORD must be exceedingly magnificent, of fame and glory throughout all the lands.

When the temple was finished, we’re told that the glory of the LORD filled the LORD’s house visibly. (2 Chr 7:2)

The temple, as the focus of God’s glory, was significant to the Israelites. God knew this. In preparing for the coming of Jesus Christ, God spoke through Haggai, saying that the glory of this present house will be greater than the glory of the former house (2:9). And that it is through this house (Christ) that peace will come.

Christ used this symbolism in speaking of His death and resurrection when He told the Pharisees that they could destroy the temple, and in three days He would raise it up again (John 2:19). The temple, of course, was His body, the exact representation of God (Heb 1:3).

Thousands of years later God’s glory is still meant to be seen in and through the place He dwells. Since the resurrection and ascension of Jesus, and the coming of the Holy Spirit, that dwelling place is every believer. Our bodies are now the temples where God, through the Holy Spirit, lives and breathes and exerts his will.

We are His workmanship. He has created us in Christ Jesus for good works. (Eph. 2:10) We are a spiritual house being built up as a holy priesthood (1 Peter 2:5). He has clothed us with righteousness and salvation (Isa 61:10).

If God was concerned how a building built by human hands reflected His glory, how much more is He concerned with how we, His personal dwelling place, reflect His glory?

This Christmas let’s “prepare him room.”  What needs to be restored, or removed in your life so that the glory of God, through the Holy Spirit, can be resident, unhindered in the earthly tabernacle of your heart?

I confess my fear of disappointment holds me back from embracing his presence fully, and especially from connecting my heart with other believers in unity.

We love the church because we love Jesus who fills the church with himself, the glory of God. Is God’s glory visible in your life, attitude, worship, and your relationships with fellow believers?

This Christmas season, in this chaotic world, people are looking for peace on earth, goodwill to men. It begins with the glory of God alive in us.

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2 thoughts on “Prepare Him Room

  1. Beck,

    I found you through your comment on Shannan’s blog (Flower Patch Farmgirl) and I wanted to stop by and say I’m in agreement with you. Sometimes, we need to rest, and especially when we’ve suffered a great loss in our lives. I’m sorry for your loss and I hope you will take the time needed to grieve. As for your thoughts regarding the people who “feed on us,” I get it and it can be difficult sometimes to decide how best to use our time and resources. There are people in the world that, no matter how much you do for them, it will never be enough. As you said, they can suck the life out of you. Sadly, there are many people who are content to take from others, without looking to Christ for permanent change.

    • Thank you Dayle for taking the time to seek me out and offer encouragement! I suppose a lot of things rest on the season we’re in and it’s important to get that right. If God has called us to a season of rest it would be wrong to work frantically, and if he’s called us to a season of harvest it would be wrong to hide ourselves away. I know God wants us to serve sacrificially but finding the right balance takes a lot of relying on him for guidance.

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