Feeling Real

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Psalm 84; 1 Kings 6:1–4, 21–22; 1 Corinthians 3:10–23

Based upon the description of the First Temple, it was impressive. The structure perched on a hill made it even more so. Culturally, ly, and religiously, it was the center of the Israelite city.  We are often amazed and awed by impressive architecture. If you’ve ever been to any of the ’s capitals (state or ), you have likely seen something that impressed you.

Our cities historically were built around some center point, but as cities have n in odd fashions, often the original center is at an extreme end of the city as it expanded in a single direction out from center. Our homes also have a center, but perhaps that is no longer the case. There was a time where the dining room table or the kitchen was the center of family life.

There was a time when that seemed to be fading away. One of the of the COVID re is that we may see a recovery of the home as the center. It is also just as likely, sadly, that this is only a blip.

The trouble with a center is that when it becomes too much of the focus, it can distract us from the real focus, especially when it comes to our relationship with .

alludes to the understanding that each follower of Christ is a of due to the Holy Spirit being present in each believer. However, while he uses the implication of a to describe things, it is about the inner working of the Holy Spirit in the believer. This change of emphasis would indeed be different for both Jewish and Gentile Christians. Jew and Gentile were both very concerned about the rituals and practices of their former lifestyles. The change from external to internal was very significant.

Often, we focus on the external because it’s easier. Whether it is idols, s, buildings, what have you. Physical is easier for us to interact with. The can also draw us away from .

※Reflection※

  • When have you found the to cause struggles with your relationship with ?
  • What kind of things could (maybe not for you) cause people to struggle with their relationship with ?

※Prayer※

Dear Lord, keep our s focused on you. Amen

Pastor Ian

By Pastor Ian

Ian is an ordained Elder in The Church of the Nazarene, and is currently serving as the Online Campus Pastor at Generations Community Church in Marysville, WA, USA.