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In 1 Kings Ch. 7 we read that King Solomon, who was given gifts and greatly blest by God, was a builder of various beautiful and costly houses.  In Ch. 7:1 we read that he was thirteen years in building his own house, while in Ch.6:39 he was 7 years in building the Temple, God’s House.

While there might be many legitimate reasons (and many that would not be legitimate) for his own house to take longer than the House of God to build, the question comes to my mind, as to whether we have our priorities right, whether we spend more time and effort in building God’s House, His Dwelling Place, His living Church, than in providing for our own comfort in material things, i.e. our houses and “things”.

Now we are not talking about building a physical Church, i.e. a building, as necessary as that is at times, for King Solomon in his wisdom understood that Almighty God cannot be confined to buildings however beautiful and costly they are, as he wrote in the next chapter…

“But will God indeed dwell on the earth? Behold, the heaven and heaven of heavens cannot contain thee; how much less this house that I have builded?” 1 Kings Ch.8:27

But God will have a Dwelling place here on earth, His Living Church, His Dwelling Place, is in the hearts and lives of those who love Him.

“Jesus answered and said unto him, if a man love me, he will keep my Words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him.” John Ch.14:23

So if we are to build God’s House, His dwelling Place, His living Church, we are to be winning the hearts and minds of those round about us and demonstrating the love of Christ which is in us by our words and by our lives, so that the triune God may have Dwelling Place here on earth.

Solomon finished building the Temple and all his house, as they were finite objects, but our work is never finished. Solomon’s buildings decayed and perished with time, but our work is never finished and will never decay. The hearts, minds, and lives where God comes to truly take up his abode will never perish; they will last for all eternity, safe in His keeping.

So I leave you to think and meditate on two further verses….one is God’s promise to Peter and the other is a challenging thought for us and a reasoned command from the Lord.

“I will build my Church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.” Matt. Ch.16:18

“What? Know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?  For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.” 

1 Cor.Ch.6:19-20



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