Seize the Moment – Day 931

Worship God in all Places!

2 Chronicles 2


Good morning! This is Pastor Jerry Ingalls from New Castle First Baptist Church and today is Tuesday, October 4.


What is the purpose of your church building?


King Solomon wrote a letter to Huram the king of Tyre requesting timber from Lebanon, various building materials, and skilled workers. In 2 Chronicles 2:5-6, he gives the purpose behind his request:


The house which I am about to build will be great, for greater is our God than all the gods. But who is able to build a house for Him, for the heavens and the highest heavens cannot contain Him? So who am I, that I should build a house for Him, except to burn incense before Him?


Solomon knew why he was building the temple for God – to be a place of worship, atonement, and celebration of the appointed feasts (4). He knew that it could not contain God because God cannot be put into a box, no matter how ornate or grand it is. As big and as magnificent as Solomon’s Temple would be, it would never be able to contain the transcendent God, who is both sovereign and omnipresent – God cannot be bound nor should our worship of Him be limited to buildings dedicated for Him. 


God is too powerful to be contained by our church buildings so let God burst forth by worshipping Him with your whole life (Psalm 103:1). Yes, a church building should be a place that invokes right worship of God, but if we limit our worship to that one place, then we compartmentalize our lives of devotion. Then our houses of worship become museums of past faith and mausoleums filled with dry bones.


Seize the moment and gather regularly in a church building to be reminded of who God is and how He invites you to be the Church, called to worship Him always and everywhere through your love and good deeds (Hebrews 10:23-25). Worship God in all places, until all worship God (Matthew 28:18-20; Acts 1:8).


God bless you!


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