Legacy Devotional: Day 14
The Church: A Place of Promise
God’s ultimate desire for humankind is for each person to have a relationship with Him, their Creator; He so desires to dwell among us and be in relationship with us. The New King James Version of Revelation 21:3 uses the word “tabernacle” instead of “dwelling place”. When the Israelites built the tabernacle under the instruction of Moses in the Book of Exodus, did they ever consider its significance for the generations to come after them? What they individually sacrificed to collectively contribute to the construction of the tabernacle released themselves, and the generations after them, to experience more of the presence of God. They built the dwelling place of God, who then came into that place to be among His people.
Today, as God’s people gather together as one, as the Church, each bringing their own gifts, talents, services, and offerings into the House of God, His promises remain sure. In Luke 12:24, Jesus tells His disciples: “Consider the ravens: They do not sow or reap, they have no storeroom or barn; yet God feeds them. And how much more valuable you are than birds!” God’s promise of provision extends to us today and as we gather together to build up His Church, we provide opportunity for others to come and experience His powerful presence and love. More than that though, as we gather together under the name of God as His Church, He meets us there and fulfils His ultimate promise that He will dwell among and remain with us, His people, always.
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“And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, ‘Look! God’s dwelling place is now among the people, and he will dwell with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God.” Revelation 21:3
Key Passages: Revelation 21:1-4, 21:22-37, 22:1-5 (NIV)
For Reflection: The book of Revelation paints an extraordinary picture of the Church in its most perfect state. Which aspect of the future Church do you look forward to the most? How does the knowledge that this is a legacy you get to both leave and receive alter your perception of the time you spend now?