There is an iconic picture created by Scott Mutter which is above. The photo portrays a sanctuary with a street running through it. The image was created to serve as a reminder that the church must keep the city and the people at the center of its mission and vision. The image communicates that we need to bring the city into the sanctuary. This message is important and true.
BUT it is also true that we can bring the Sanctuary into the street. Paul writes about this concept in 1 Corinthians 3. Our memory verse this week communicates this truth clearly, “Don’t you know that you are God’s temple and He dwells in you?” 1 Corinthians 3:16. Paul reminds us that God dwells within us. That each of us is God’s dwelling place and sanctuary. Bringing the sanctuary to the street does not need to be a strategic plan or evangelical effort although those are good things. The way the sanctuary hits the street in greater impact is usually when each of us understands ourselves as God’s dwelling place and work to open up our lives to be a sanctuary to others.
This happens when we listen to a co-worker, take interest in mentoring a child or opening your home to a neighbor for some coffee or dinner.
This week I wonder how each of us might allow God to dwell in us and create for all around us a sanctuary where others feel connected to God. Knowing when we open ourselves up a small piece of heaven is found on earth!
I won’t see you on Sunday….I’m on vacation….but Pastor Kipp will be there with a powerful message!