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Listen while you read: "I Am Thine O Lord"1 (Lyrics)
When I was a child, my mother worked at the church we attended. Sometimes, I would go to work with her. I would usually stay in the office and play with the toys I had brought or look through the cupboards at the cool things, like boxes of paper clips, squishy tubes of ink for the Gestetner machine, and reams of coloured paper. One day, I ventured out into the sanctuary. I remember thinking how different it was during the week than on Sunday. I walked to the front, went up on the platform, and stood behind the pulpit. I always wondered what the minister saw when he looked out on a Sunday morning.
I began to wonder if God called the sanctuary His living room. After all, I was in His "house" and when children are seven years old, they take everything literally. I thought about the living room in our house and how it was usually quiet and empty during the week, but it came alive on Sundays with family and friends. After church on Sunday evening, our living room would be filled with people whom my parents invited back to our house for fellowship. So I decided that yes, this must be God's living room. It is rather quiet and empty during the week but on Sundays it becomes alive with family and friends praising and worshipping God.
Matthew 19:14 – Jesus said, "Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these." (NIV)
There was one thing that I knew beyond a shadow of a doubt. I knew that God loved children. I knew this because in God's house there was a room for children to rest or sleep, and then there were three rooms full of toys to play with. All the adults got in God's house were hard pews to sit on in His living room!
John 3:16 – For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life. (NIV)
My childish views and wonderings about God's house have changed over the years. I do realize that God doesn't show His love for us by what He gives us in His house — toys versus hard pews. One way He shows His love is by what He gave us on the cross. The greatest act of love shown to us was in sacrificing His Son for us, to take our place for the sins we have committed. God's love is so vast that He loves the whole world. All are welcome into His house to experience His love.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, we thank You that You love us so much that You sent Your Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. May we, through Your example, show love to one another. Amen.