He Wants People. Not Places.

In all of the predictions that Christ made, all the miracles He performed, all the sermons I have heard and even the studying I have done of the word, I have come to understand simply this: Jesus did not predict a place of glory, He predicted a people. He predicted a nation of men, women and children who would worship Him for all the days of their lives.

In The Great Commission, He said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” (Matthew 28:18-20 NIV). Just reading those verses brings tears to my eyes, a smile on my face and just pure joy to know the Savior that I worship. The Savior that I owe my life to. You see, Jesus didn’t say go and make houses, churches, and temples for me spreading across all nations. He didn’t commission us to build things of gold and grandeur for Him. He wanted disciples. He wanted people. He wanted us. He wanted us to know that we are His church; He lives in us. We are no longer under the Law of Moses, where there is only one ‘right place’ or so to worship. We don’t need to enter a temple or have a high priest present to feel God; to hear Him or even to experience Him. He is in us. He dwells in us and has gifted us the Holy Spirit. God does not need a building to dwell in. Nothing we as mere humans could ever build with our hands or imagine would be fit for a Savior who declares, “Heaven is my throne, and the earth is my footstool. What kind of house will you build for me? Or where will my resting place be? Has not my hand made all these things?” (Acts 7:19 NIV) See, God has made all these things. By His power and will. He created us, the most complex and beautiful of creations. So do you see why He desires to dwell in us? My brothers and sisters, it doesn’t matter how big and beautifully decorated of a church or home you worship and exalt Him in, if the home and House of the Lord that is YOU isn’t right in the sight of the Lord, it means nothing. He asked us to make disciples of all nations. Disciples are people. He said all nation, no exclusion of anyone for any reason. He loves us all and has commissioned all of us. We are His house of praise and prayer. We are His. He chooses even the most stubborn of us. Even those of us who reject Him. Look at Saul for example. God took Him, showed Him mercy, loved Him, and gave Him a new name, a new identity. Made Him His very own house of worship and declaration. That is the God you serve. That is the God we brag about.

He does need a temple. He doesn’t want a building ordained with incense and all this gold but filled with people who are empty. No matter where you are, where you worship, as long as He is alive inside of you then you are in the right place. That hungry, homeless man you pass on the street every day. Who has nothing but joy and praise in His heart? Who shouts “Blessed be the name of the Lord,” has a house of praise on the inside of him that is more than the million dollar church you attend. God doesn’t see material things, He sees the heart. Christ predicted a people of faith and a God given strength and wisdom. He predicted and is coming back for a bride. A people. Not a place. Your place is within Him, through Him, and by Him. So is your faith. It is with tears and a joy in my heart that I write this. I pray that you hear what God has given me to write and share with you. He wants His people. He wants everything you have to give Him. He doesn’t need or want another church built. He just wants disciple. Another human being, lost and broken but coming and tearing His door down saying, “Father, I need you. I am here. I am home. Make me your home. Make me your house of prayer and worship. Make me a disciple of an authority whose love for me surpasses my knowledge.” Amen

God bless.

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