I wonder if you have you stopped to consider the majesty that is mankind. Or have you ever given proper consideration to the fact that we are created in the image of the Great Divine One? When we fully realise who we image then we will be people of great dignity and hope within this world?
We read in Scripture that God says “I do not dwell in buildings made by hands.” Therefore, buildings designed for the worship of God however beautiful are not good enough for the Holy One to dwell in; rather he chooses to dwell in you and me! Here is a beautiful quote:-
Know to what extent the Creator has honoured you above all the rest of creation. The sky is not an image of God, nor is the moon, nor the sun, nor the beauty of the stars, nor anything of what can be seen in creation. You alone have been made in the image of the Reality that transcends all understanding and likeness of imperishable beauty, the imprint of true divinity, the recipient of beatitude, the seal of true light. There is nothing so great among beings that can be compared with your greatness. Gregory of Nyssa.
One of the first Russian Cosmonauts to spend time in space was famously quoted for saying something along the lines that he had been into the heavens but had not seen God. The poor man was looking in the wrong place! While God does fill all of space he chooses to live in the hearts of men and women and he leaves the earth and sky to be the dwelling place of the human race.
We are Gods house and just like any house owner God seeks to make his home beautiful and comfortable in a way that reflects his character and personality. Home is where we accumulate those things that are precious and valuable to us and we store up treasures to be displayed at the right time. So God will be at work within the life that is co-operating with him and will also store up spiritual treasures of inestimable worth and gifts of great value to all of mankind. Small ideas are nurtured and protected and subsequently grow into adulthood. Our bodies can be the womb of Gods inspiration where wonders of heaven can be incubated within until they are ready to come into the light of full revelation and action.
What is man that you remember him, the son of man that you look after him? You made him a little less than God and crowned him with glory and honour. (Psalm 8)
We are homes fit for a King however you may currently feel about yourself. The owner of any home will seek to make the home comfortable and suitable for his residency. We just have to co-operate with what God is doing within when he seeks for things to be cleaned up, swept away or replaced. It could be desire for something our neighbour has or unforgiveness. Maybe things like gossiping, discrimination or selfishness. It could be arrogance, certainty in our theology or just our pride. In their place God puts heavenly riches of the spirit that are precious and of great value to all. These may be things like genuine acceptance of all others, or unconditional love, discernment, humility, gentleness, hospitality or joy in seeing God in all things.
We all want our houses to be places of respite and calm from the busyness of commerce and activity around. Well, so does God! Therefore, make sure you regularly switch off from intrusive entertainment, disrupting social media and the busyness of your occupation. Allow the true meaning of Sabbath to distill through your soul bringing sweet calm. If you have not learnt to access God within, then start by learning to sit quietly in his presence until you eventually recognise his unmistakable presence within. Once found, then that mystical union can happen in an instant in any place. Remember, like any householder, God will only allow things of beauty into his house when he is certain they will not get trashed.
Finally, like any house we can be a place of banqueting where God desires to feast with us. Psalm 23 says ‘You prepare a feast for me’! Banqueting is all about showing your love and appreciation for someone. That is what God does for us! I wonder how often he has prepared a banquet for us and we have walked out before it has even started declaring that we have more important things to do at that moment. We are Gods banqueting house where he invites us to come in and enjoy wonderful times together. So, when was the last time that you sat in genuine stillness and just allowed God to enjoy you? If you are like me your mind soon shouts out that you need to get going with things to do but your spirit whispers “stay and enjoy, stay and enjoy, there is more! Truly beautiful moments.
So, we are to be homes of rest, sustenance, joy, satisfaction and beauty that contain a wealth of treasure suitable for the greatest treasure of all who is God. Jesus was a good example of this so no wonder people liked being around him!
Please note. None of these things come about by us trying harder. That is a vicious unending circle full of disappointment. No, they come through falling ever further in love with God from deep within. Then we find that God is no longer the object of our loving but becomes the loving itself because God and we become one.