10.01.2008

Word Wednesday .::13

Word Wednesday is posted every Wednesday. Each week I post a scripture that I've read that week that has spoken to me in a fresh way. I believe that if we read God's Word every day, He will give us at least one scripture every week that will impact us. My hope is to see others comment and share a scripture that they have read.

Here's the scripture that stuck this week:

Isaiah 66:1-2 ESV

1Thus says the
Lord: “Heaven is my throne, and the earth is my footstool; what is the house that you would build for me, and what is the place of my rest?

2 All these things my hand has made, and so all these things came to be, declares the Lord. But this is the one to whom I will look: he who is humble and contrite in spirit and trembles at my word.

Even the temple was inadequate to hold the presence of God. He's just to big to be put in a box, no matter how hard we try. Why would I ever even attempt to confine the presence of God to any place? One controversy that plagued me for several years, was dress. When I started dressing more like myself in the church setting, it ruffled some feathers. People would argue that I should dress my best for God. I pray and hope that those people did not have encounters with God exclusively in a church building. I have often asked, doesn't God see us in our PJ's? This post is not about dress. It's about how big and amazing God is. No matter what we build, or how we look or sound, God is only interested in our humble spirit and the condition of our heart and mind. Nice buildings and dapper threads will all fade away, but our worship and service to God has eternal value. Is there anything wrong with nice buildings and nice clothes? No....unless it leads to us neglecting what's on the inside. May we all strive for a humble spirit this week, and may we all tremble in awe at God's Word, which is such an amazing gift to us.

What's your Word?

1 comment:

Bill Stanley said...

This week I read Mark 10:17-31 commonly known as the story of the Rich Young Ruler. Such a familiar story, but this week I've really been focusing on the famous phrase of Jesus when he says, "One thing you lack . . Go sell everything you have and give to the poor and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come follow me."

I believe some often pass this over, because they don't think Jesus meant for us to take this literal? That is hard to argue but for me it has really allowed me to focus more on the poor and those who are most needy. I believe Jesus would have.

He said at the end of that phrase . . . then come and follow me.

For me this passage really speaks volumes as to what it means to be a true Christ follower. Our actions will always speak louder than our words.

We may not think we can sell everything and give it to the poor, but we all certainly have something to give.