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Do you attend "church" or are you the church?

"For all those things hath mine hand made, and all those things have been, saith the Lord: but to this man will I look, even to him that is poor and of a contrite spirit, and trembleth at my word." (Isaiah 66:2)

From the verses in this final chapter of the book of Isaiah, we can infer that the exile of Israel in Babylon was almost over and some of them had returned back to the city of Jerusalem. They were however missing the temple which they considered synonymous to Jerusalem. Isaiah, inspired by God told His people that a big God whose throne is in heaven and whose footstool is on earth is not impressed by any big buildings or structures we erect. His heart is not for man made buildings. His heart always longed for man. He who is the creator of all things doesn't look for man to create anything in His name. He is interested in communing with man. He loves talking to people who are responsive to Him. When the world looks for smart and brave people, God looks for people who are poor enough to realise the glory of God.

A haughty religious spirit can never attract God. A spirit that is eager and poor to accept from God is what He looks for. Israel had the law and the temple, but they went their own ways as they confined God inside that building. This is happening today in many churches around the world. Believers confine God to a structure, what they call as "church" and forget that they are the church which God is ready to use for His purposes. May we never make the mistake of possessing a haughty spirit. Let's be eager to hear Him. May we revere Him, honor Him and tremble at His life changing word.

For further reading: 1 Peter 5:6-8, Micah 6:8