I’ll admit it—I’m a sucker for church architecture. I’m drawn to big and ornate houses of worship like a moth to a flame. When I see them as I’m driving, my head swivels. When I see them while walking, I try to get in. I love to look at pictures of them. I love to work on ours to make it even more beautiful than it is now.
God loves his houses of worship. He loves it when people gather for singing, prayer, study of the Word, generosity of giving and service, and fellowship. He loves to hear his praises, and he loves to feed his people with Word and sacrament. But we should be under no illusions that these man-made structures contain him: “‘Where is the house you will build for me? Where will my resting place be? Has not my hand made all these things, and so they came into being?’ declares the Lord. ‘This is the one I look on with favor: those who are humble and contrite in spirit, and who tremble at my word’” (Isaiah 66:1,2).
In a way it’s a little absurd to dedicate a church to God. He already made and owns every stick of wood and piece of stone in the place. But there’s a place he doesn’t own, where he would really like to live, and that is in your heart. The ones he likes best are humble and contrite.
Only you can give yours to him.
Pastor Mark Jeske brought the good news of Jesus Christ to viewers of Time of Grace for 18 years. He is currently the senior pastor at St. Marcus Church, a thriving multicultural congregation in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Mark is the author of several books and dozens of devotional booklets on various topics. He and his wife, Carol, have four adult children.
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