So they came to Jerusalem. Then Jesus went into the temple and began to drive out those who bought and sold in the temple, and overturned the tables of the money changers and the seats of those who sold doves. And He would not allow anyone to carry wares through the temple.
(Mark 11:15, 16 NKJV)
Today for the first ever I looked at these few short passages of scripture in a different sense. Today my eyes read these words yet it took on a new meaning when I looked at it with the words of 1 Corinthians 6:19 that says ‘
our bodies are the temple of the Holy Spirit’
So often we have our quiet times with God or we go to church for regular or special, as we call them, services and we pray prayers welcoming God to move in our lives, asking Him to be the center of our everything and requesting great things of God.
Today however I read these words with all of that in mind and asked my self if God wanted to over throw ‘tables’ in my heart and soul would I be OK with that? Would I be the Pharisee asking on what authority are these things are done? Or would I be the willing child of an almighty God who says Lord have your way. Take what needs to go and flourish what needs to stay?
You see I believe if we let God tip the tables of pride, self defensiveness, jealousy, envy, laziness, lies or others it will inevitably enable the cages where we placed true love, unexplainable joy, happiness, kindness, generosity and freedom to be broken open in our lives. That we will enter a moment and a time that allows God to move through us into new and exciting things with God and for God, so that others would see His Glory.
For us as Christians we know the pursuit of God does not happen overnight. It is a journey, a process, of getting to know an almighty Saviour who loves us unconditionally even when we box Him up. Today I wonder how are we supposed to move forward into exciting new things of God if we do not let go of the old ways and put down the old tables.
Maybe it’s time each of us let go of the tables we have set up in our lives consciously or subconsciously and allow God to break open new things, new ways, and new adventures in each of us.
But when the Complete arrives, our incompletes will be canceled.
(1 Corinthians 13:8-10 MSG)