August 15, 2021 New Generation Grace Ministry Devotional : Topic – God’s House is a house of Prayer.
New Generation Grace Ministry
Sunday August 15th, 2021
Title: God’s House is a house of Prayer.
(Matthew 21:13-14) Jesus entered the temple courts and drove out all who were buying and selling there. He overturned the tables of the money changers and the benches of those selling doves.”It is written,” he said to them, “‘My house will be called a house of prayer,’ but you are making it ‘a den of robbers.’ This is the second time Jesus cleared the temple. (John 2:13-17) different people with different kinds of different kinds of goods came there to trade and exchange money , crowding out the gentiles who had come from all over the world to worship God.
Jesus was upset to see that the temple of God was turned into business center. He could not tolerate that , He was angry at their dishonesty , greedy practices of the money changers and the merchants , He did not cherish their presence in His father’s house of worship. Jesus looked at their practices as an insult and mockery to the house of God. Jesus will not be happy with us when we use His house of worship as a business center.
Today, most of us are doing the same thing. We take the house of God to be a place we bring things to sale to the church members. We have turned our churches into business centers. Some have used the church to do scams today. People have used or are still using the church of God and Jesus name to do scam, in order to make money. When you come to church, what is your motive ? Are you coming to worship or are you coming to find a way to make money from the house of God? If you are coming to church to do business instead of worshiping and leading unbelievers to Christ, or you are in the church to look for whom to steal money from. You are attracting the wrath of God upon your life.
Some people have gone to church and used gun to steal from the church members, some have opened the offering box to steal money , or kidnap the pastors in the church. When you have different agenda for going to church to worship, God will not be happy with you. You are attracting the anger of God against yourself. If you are not repenting from doing business in the house of God, Jesus will remove you from His temple and anything that happens to you, no one will help you. Our attitude towards the house of God is not acceptable if we use it as a place for personal contacts or business venture. Let us attend church with the motive to go there and worship God to the glory of His majesty.
Jesus was angry with the people buying and selling in the temple . He has authority to destroy the people’s evil agenda in the house of God. Jesus was angry but He did not commit any sin through His anger. We must be careful how we use the emotion called anger. It is ok to be angry toward injustice or sin, but not over trivial personal offenses. Jesus chased out the money changers. He has every authority from God to do anything He wants to do. He can do what no man can do because all authorities on earth and in heaven has been given to Him. What He did, if in today’s world will be given over to the police officers to take care of because they have authority from the government to settle matters of that nature. We are not given such power as individuals. While we want to live like Jesus, our power is limited, we can’t do what he did, or we will be in trouble. Let us not use the house of God
for a business site . When we go there we should be there to glorify God and to pray for one another. God bless you
Prayers: God help me not to use your house as a business center. Please Lord , give me a heart that desires to come to your sanctuary to worship you in Jesus name.
Further Reading: Matthew 11.