Peter said, in 1 Peter 2:5 “you also, as living stones, are being built up a spiritual house.”
As I let my imagination run wild, I wonder what I would see when I drive by a church if I could see the spiritual condition instead of the physical walls. I know Jesus had a similar experience in Matthew 23:27, when he shouted down the leaders of God’s Temple and called them clean on the outside but dead and filthy on the inside.
If I could see their spiritual condition, I wonder how many churches I drive by would have a smoking section, or a bar in the back.
I wonder how many would have choirs that sing about sleeping around, going fishing instead of working, and hanging around with their best drinking buddies.
I wonder how many would be spray painted with profanity, curse at the children in Sunday School, display pornography on their big screen projectors, or have extra-marital affairs portrayed on stage?
I wonder how many would have a library of romance novels and books with non-biblical, self-help teaching in their libraries?
I wonder how many would be paying for and playing cable television to run 24 hours a day in their nursery and children’s church and give the kids the remote?
I wonder how many would preach from the pulpit that they really don’t believe in God but that they are just there for the networking and business opportunities?
You may say my thinking is a bit off key, but do you ever wonder what God sees?
I think many churches would have to rename themselves “Ichabod,” meaning: “the glory has departed.” (1 Samuel 4:21)
1 Corinthians 3:9 For we are God’s fellow workers; you are God’s field, you are God’s building.
When I look at a Christian walking or driving down the street, or working in a shop, I should be able to make my comments about the church being strong or not because the PEOPLE ARE THE CHURCH. “That church allows smoking.” “That church does not treat children fair.” “That church is not open on Sunday.” “That church does not use the Bible.” Would people want to attend you?
THE HOLY SPIRIT LIVES IN YOU!
1 Corinthians 3:16 Do you not know that you are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you?
I consider the Holy Spirit to be a house guest, dwelling in me, who needs to be treated as royalty. I have been a guest in some houses where I have been welcomed, well cared for and loved. I am sorry to leave because of the love that is given and I feel better for having visited.
I have been in some houses, however, where the owners go about their lives as if I was not even there, choking me out with their bad habits, filthy environment, loud behavior, rude comments and un-holy entertainment. After awhile, I find an excuse to leave so I don’t have to endure the discomfort anymore.
YOU NEED TO BE HOLY!
1 Corinthians 3:17 If anyone defiles the temple of God, God will destroy him. For the temple of God is holy, which temple you are.
There are certain things we do not allow in church buildings: cursing, profane images, ungodly teaching, sexual temptation, smoking and drinking. We do this because, for at least one hour a week, people can come for a haven of rest.
Ephesians 5:18-20 - And do not be drunk with wine, in which is dissipation; but be filled with the Spirit, speaking to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord, giving thanks always for all things to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ,
We should to treat every hour of every day as “church service”
Romans 12:1 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service.