Is He Living In You?

Acts Ch. 7 Vs. 48-50

48” The Most High does not live in temples made by human hands.  As the prophet says, 49” Heaven is my throne and the earth is my footstool.  Could you build me a temple as good as that, asks the Lord?  Could you build me such a resting place?”  50” Didn’t my hands make both heaven and earth?”

Although Stephan knew the importance of the temple, he did not hesitate to tell the religious leaders the temple was not more important then God.  God is not limited to a house of worship.  Stephan’s words angered the leaders and like many of the prophets he was killed.

How can we spread God’s message of hope and peace, in a world that is hostile to God’s word?

The footnotes in my bible ask:

God wants to live in us.  Is he living in you?

God calls us to be in tune with the divine that lives within each of us, through a daily life of prayer and service that is not exhausting or selfish.  Service that is grounded in God’s love.  We quickly learn that service without God’s spirit, is tiring and hopeless.  When we invite God’s spirit into what feels troublesome or monotonous, something wonderful happens, the most troubling or mundane work can turn into temples for God.  We will begin to recognize when we are walking on holy ground.

Jesus conducted his ministry as the opportunity arose, through everyday life.  He took the time when he was traveling to stop and heal the women with a hemorrhage.  He stopped to touch lepers who felt lost and hopeless. He made room for little children on his lap.  Jesus went out of his way to minister to all of human kind.  An act of service can bring God to others, as well as express our gratitude for God’s boundless love and grace.

Lord Jesus,

We thank you for the work you have given each of us to do.  We thank you for the grace you have showered on us.  May we trust in your Spirits strength and guidance as we go out into the world.  Help us to recognize holy ground as we walk with you daily.     Amen

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