What's the temperature in your house?
Today, I was walking back and forth on the second floor of my condo listening to worship, trying to be still before the Lord. When I looked out of the north side window, it was foggy. But when I turned and looked out of the south side window, it was sunny. The Lord was speaking to me in this. Here are a few verses that will be covered and can be referenced in His word:
"David said, 'How pleasant it is when brothers dwell in unity'." - Psalm 133:1
"The disciples were arguing and asked Jesus, 'Who is the greatest among us'?" - Luke 9:46, Luke 22:24
"Jesus said, 'The greatest among you will be your servant. For those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted'." - Matthew 23:11-12
During services and our weeks, the house we belong to should be walking within the same weather patterns. This If we are not, there is something wrong and I believe we need to address this. Not everyone is an extroverted freelance dancer who jumps and shouts at the sound of every guitar strung in worship. However, it is at times, the stillest of beings, whose heart is so still before the Lord, crying out in the loudest whisper, "Lord, I need you! Lord, I desire you!"
What if the front of the house of the Lord would be overwhelmed with joy, while the back of the house is in despair and discouragement? It is such a weird idea but just as the mere 50 feet from the north side to the south side windows showed different weather, so to, can the house and family we are connected with daily and weekly.
Just think about any great storm, battle, difficulty that has been experienced by a group of people. At the time, it seems to be one of the hardest things to be going through. Yet, in the end, all of the people are closer then they ever were before. Look at the NBA for example. Last season, Stephen Curry and the Golden State Warriors were in the Championship battle against LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers. Both teams pushed with all that they had. After a grueling season of games, they were down to the Final 7 Games, to clinch the Championship. Both teams fought. But only one team won. However, even though the Cavaliers won, on a grand scheme, the Warriors won as well. Yes, the trophy was not theres, but without going as far as the did, and facing such an amazing team, they would never have their weaknesses and strengths revealed. Both teams were able to see what they were striving in and what they were failing or weaker in.
As we walk through life, we are not going to be receiving the Final trophy on this Earth. We will receive that in Heaven when we get to stand before Our Loving Father, walk the Golden Streets of Heaven with Jesus our Savior and Dwell with the Holy Spirit in a great measure then ever! But that does not mean we do not receive victories and trophy in this world. Before LeBron and Stephen ever had the opportunity to see, know or possibly win the NBA trophy finals, they won plastic trophy's that read "You're A winner!" and everyone received them. And then they may have received a bigger one come high school and maybe a ring in college. But before they would get to the NBA Finals Trophy, their paths were paved with smaller trophy's, not one of which were insignificant.
Imagine, if we were so well connected, that changes in weather patterns would affect us as a whole. Now many people probably look at the negative storms and think, "I have seen what this storm has done to their life, I don't want to have to deal with that too!" But many, myself included, look at the blessings and we say, "I'll have what they're having!" Blessings are amazing but it is the storms that show us our weakness and our need to rely upon Jesus Christ for everything!
The Lord said to Paul, (in reference his asking for the removal of a weight on his life), " My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness!" - 2 Corinthians 12:9
May we walk every single day in communion with our Lord and Savior, to know Him better and to commune with each other better. Jesus calls us to love the Lord our God and the love one another with all we have. I pray that we would surrender to the idea of mass meetings and gatherings and we would instead seek to bring our house and families and hearts into humble surrender before Jesus Christ, the King of Kings, the Lord of Lords and the One Who Is Worth of It All!