Sunday, June 21, 2009

Building Sanctuaries

“They are to make a sanctuary for Me so that I may dwell among them. You must make it according to all that I show you – the design of the tabernacle as well as the design of all its furnishings.” Exodus 25:8-9.

The Israelites built the sanctuary in exact dimensions and furnishings as God revealed, and didn’t hesitate or procrastinate. They felt honored and privileged that God wanted to reside and reveal Himself in their presence. The plan was clear and the anticipated results were amazing.

Many times throughout our lives God calls us to do something for His presence to be revealed. It may involve building a relationship with an unlikely person or building a ministry. We will be called upon to “make a sanctuary” for His dwelling and to furnish it with His holiness.

God reveals His calling and His plans to us but it is up to us to take the first step. He equips us with all that is required for this project and reveals the steps we must take to follow the blueprint. Aligning our focus and priorities with God will ensure a secure building with an appropriate design for God’s indwelling.

When we are called our response should be nothing short of submission, attentiveness to details and complete excitement for the anticipated indwelling of God in the sanctuary for which He has called us to build. There must be an urgent response of action to the call and a disciplined sense of priority.

If we procrastinate too long God will find someone else to complete the work of the sanctuary resulting in missed opportunities, foregone blessings and a less abundant life.

Build your sanctuary when God calls, as God calls and with the design for which God reveals.

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