THE STORY OF JESUS: Luke 21:5-9
“The time will come when not one stone will be left on another.” (Luke 21:6)
This reading makes me think of Shania Twain’s song, ‘That don’t impress me much!’
The disciples are impressed by the beautiful temple structures.
I attended a mega church and someone said, ‘wouldn’t you like a church like THIS?
Something in me groaned… no, ‘that don’t impress me much!’
Jesus knows that buildings come to ruin, but the kingdom of God endures forever.
He knows the future of the temple, and the future of our church buildings.
Every year approximately 7000 churches close their doors for the last time.
Think of how those churches began, some with impressive buildings and programs.
None of the churches Paul started still exists, and yet the Church moves on!
The church is not a building, not an ‘it’; it is the people of God, a ‘who’!
“You also, like living stones, are being built into a spiritual house… (1 Peter 2:4)
When God sees people loving and serving Him, ‘that impresses Him much!’
Every church has a life cycle, every church will eventually end…
But the Fellowship of Jesus followers throughout time will endure forever!
What do you sense the Lord saying to you?
Lord, forgive us for spending so much on buildings – which don’t impress You – rather than on people – who do impress and bless You. Please build an impressive group of people through us this year!