Bible Reading: John 2.
Insight: “To those who sold doves he said, “Get these out of here! Stop turning my Father’s house into a market!”” (Joh 2:16)
Insight one: If the Lord Jesus were to come to your church today, would you think He would be joyfully take a seat? Or would He anxiously sighing in His heart? Why does He come up with the wrath? It is because He sees the place of worship is trampled by people and becomes a trading market. The temple of God is a temple of prayer for all nations. Now it has become a nest of thieves. It is raucous, noisy, and messy. There is no way to calm down, meditate, pray, and get closer to God. The Lord Jesus’ wrath is to reveal His holiness and righteousness.
Insight two: What is your purpose of coming to church? Is it for worshipping God or finding a friend? Is it for honoring God or seeking for your own benefit? If you use the church as a place for socializing or trading market, your worship in the church is only a superficial routine and ordinance. When a person does come to church yet not worship God but seek people; does participate in worship but the heart is far from God, such worship is meaningless and it is not possible to appreciate the release and joy in worship.
Prayer: Thank God for giving me the church, a spiritual home on the earth, so that I can learn to live a heavenly life in the church. Pray for Your Holy Spirit to shine on me, make me value the holy life before You and pray for the holiness of the church. Lord! I don’t ask what the church has done for me, but what I have done for the church of God. I pray in the name of Jesus Christ. Amen.