Dedicating Renovated Sanctuary

The book of Exodus tells us that God commanded his people to build a place of worship.  He wanted to be with his people and so it was necessary to provide a place where God could meet with them.  In the beginning it was simply called the “Tent of Meeting” or the Tabernacle.  God gave his people very clear and detailed instructions about the way he wanted it built.  When the Tabernacle was completed, Moses held a dedication service.  The problem was that he couldn’t finish the work of dedicating it.  He couldn’t even go inside.  Why? The glory of the Lord filled the Tabernacle leaving no room for him to enter.  This made it clear that the Lord would be with them.  It was also proof of the Lord’s approval of the project.  It was as if the Lord said, “Well done.

Many times I have wondered: How will we be able to hear the Lord’s “Well done” to us?  We can’t have assurance from how beautiful the building is, or the quality of construction, although we want the room to point to the excellence of God. We need to know that this project is for God and not for us.  (Although God wants us to enjoy the place where we come to worship him.)   Of course, I would love to see the glory of the Lord settle on the newly refurbished sanctuary signaling God’s presence and approval.  So, how shall we know?

We can only give to God our hearts and actions.  All sacrifices come from the heart. Even though our sacrifices are never perfect, God knows our hearts when we come to him.  We can show this by the way we worship, full-hearted, and directed toward him with gratitude for his love toward us in Christ.  I also think we can also know by our use of the beautiful place he has given to us.  What will we do here?  Is his love shared, his word preached, his mercy extended, his welcome offered, his family unified, his name glorified, his face sought, his mission joined, his world loved, his son exalted?  Will we do these things here for his sake and out of our joy in and love for him?  If so, I believe that we will all see the glory of the Lord here.

Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God—this is your spiritual act of worship. Romans 12:1

Lord, let your glory fall.

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