Welcome to your morning coffee! May our Heavenly Father show us HIs love today by exposing anything in our hearts that He finds offensive and share with us His joy as we repent and run to Him anew. Father, our hearts are so fickle, so full of desire and pride. Help us to guard them, and not to follow them. Help us to revere you in the quiet of our thought-life garden that is guarded by your peace. Help us to guard our small hearts that so quickly want to be big. In the name of Jesus, help us to be mindful of He who lives within us, the Holy Spirit. May we embrace His work in us, and become more like Jesus. Amen.
Your Morning Song: "The House of God Forever" by Jon Foreman
Your Morning Scripture: Ecclesiastes 5:1-3
Guard your steps when you go to the house of God. To draw near to listen is better than to offer the sacrifice of fools, for they do not know that they are doing evil. Be not rash with your mouth, nor let your heart be hasty to utter a word before God, for God is in heaven and you are on earth. Therefore let your words be few. For a dream comes with much business, and a fool's voice with many words.
Reverence. A deep respect for someone or something.
The dictionary definition of this word, while helpful, still seems to be missing something. A similar example, for those of us who have seen and climbed them, would be the definition of mountain.
A large natural elevation of the earth's surface rising abruptly from the surrounding level; a large steep hill.
If you've seen a mountain before, driven through them, climbed them, felt the thin air fail to fill your lungs, then you know this definition too, falls ironically too short.
Do we revere God? His House? Or is our definition of reverence missing something? Do you think the church building is the Church? Or do you believe, as it is written, that we are living stones He has placed upon the life-giving cornerstone of Christ, into a House of Worship to God?
A bit too vague? Perhaps more concrete examples will help us ground our answers to these questions. When we come together with God's people on a Sunday morning, are we quick to speak and slow to listen? Do we criticize others in our minds while making mindless, nice small-talk to their faces? Do we think of ourselves more than we ought to, of others less than we ought to, and of God, not at all?
When we go to church, as the Church, do we go in order to revere God, or that we ourselves might be revered? Do we draw near to God, as He draws us near, to listen? Or that others may see us and hear us, and think that we are offering anything other than the sacrifice of fools?
The Holy Spirit is alive within us, Church. May we be known as those who entrust all of our definitions to His guidance. May we not be known as those give no thought to the awful weight of claiming to be a part of God's House but showing Him and His people no reverence.