Updated: Apr 14, 2021
Luke 19: 45-48
Luke 19: 45-48 Then he entered the temple area and began driving out those who were selling. “It is written,” he said to them, ‘My house will be a house of prayer’; but you have made it ‘a den of robbers.’” Every day he was teaching at the temple. But the chief priests, the teachers of the law and the leaders among the people were trying to kill him. Yet they could not find any way to do it, because all the people hung on his words.
Jesus did not want the temple to be used for shady transactions. There were, no doubt, dealers of goods who took advantage of others, and people who came to the temple to steal from the dealers as well. Jesus was upset by this use of holy ground. I think we have been pretty careful when considering what we use our church space to accommodate. It has been so difficult for me to see our church as a dangerous place, which we were not safe to enter. I have to say, I feel Jeff has been moved by the Holy Spirit to repair our church sanctuary. He has been relentlessly moving toward the repairs since he heard about the issue. He has been a man on a mission, and there is no doubt God has been behind Him. I am thankful to God for Jeff and for his willingness to hear God’s calling and to respond to it.
Heavenly Father, thank you for calling each and every one of us to you. Help me to hear your voice. Amen