One of my favorite speakers is Ravi Zacharias. Every morning his newsletter, A Slice of Infinity, hits my inbox. One Monday it sparked a thought cascade, ‘where’s God on earth, what should happen, and how does it apply to us?
Now A Bit of History
In ancient times, the gods were thought to reside or visit certain places. Generally hills or anywhere else that’s elevated, so people would build a temple so they would have a place to stay. They would take care of their gods, petition them for favors, etc.
In Israel, God ‘resided’ in the tabernacle at the center of camp in a room called the Most Holy Place. That’s where he made his presence most known, and no one impure could enter or they would die. The Bible Project has a really cool video on holiness here.
In the temple it was the same deal, the center of Jerusalem in the Most Holy Place (Exodus 26:33; Leviticus 16:2-3; 1 Kings 8:5-7). It was there that the transcendent (vertical) met the physical (horizontal).
Then Jesus came, and the Most Holy Place was a person and on foot. A man could not really go to God so God came to man. When he died, the barrier between God and man came down in the temple (Matthew 27:50-51).
Then, God, the Holy Spirit came, residing in individual believers (Acts 2:38), and we became the new temples.
Don’t you know that you yourselves are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in your midst? If anyone destroys God’s temple, God will destroy that person; for God’s temple is sacred, and you together are that temple.
1 Corinthians 3:16-17
Okay, What’s That Mean
Here’s the takeaway–wherever there is a legitimate Christian, that’s where the transcendent meets the natural. Imagine a beam of golden light piercing through the sky and hitting a believer, hitting you, and causing you to glow. Shouldn’t you be lighting up the area in some way?
You have God in you, not alone in this. Buildings are just buildings, we are where Heaven meets Earth and it’s time to act like it. Anywhere God meets the Earth there should be an impact.