What I’m Thinking: A Home for God

What does a home for God look like? Does it look anything like a church, temple, or building for worship?

Here’s a transcript:

I’m thinking about what it means to build a house for God. This comes from the seventh chapter in Second Samuel (2 Samuel 7:1-11, 16) in which David and the prophet Nathan discussed building a temple in which to place and in which to worship the Ark of the Covenant, the symbolic presence of God.

Curiously enough, God was the one who was not enthusiastic about the idea, directing Nathan to return to David and essentially to say: “No. Thanks for the thought, but my dwelling is actually amongst you; you, David, and your people. That is what is important, not whether I have a house built of cedar.”

And then in the first chapter of Luke (Luke 1:26-38), there’s no mention of a house or a home for God when the angel Gabriel came to inform Mary that she would become the mother of the Messiah. Nevertheless, if there is one thing about the Incarnation that relates to home, it is this: that in Jesus, God chose to make a home on Earth.

Among people. Born of people. Living beside people. Owning his own home among people (as Jesus did). Even dying among people.

A home for God is the one that we build amongst ourselves and within ourselves. “Let it be with me according to your word,” said Mary, and then later she would, in the Magnificat, expand upon what that meant with the lifting up of the lowly and the feeding of the hungry and the sending away of the wealthy.

God’s home is amongst human beings. God’s home is amongst us when we open our hearts to the presence of God – already here, but so often shut out. God’s home is amongst the people when we create room for one another in our communities, when we do not despise the poor for their poverty, but seek to make sure that they are poor no longer. God’s home is amongst us when we no longer give additional power and credence to those who already exert too much power over us, and instead lift up those who have been cast down.

God’s home is in no building of cedar, nor even with great glass windows and a magnificent cross and advent banners and soaring beams. No, God’s home is within us and among us and for us.

That’s what I’m thinking. I’m curious to hear what you’re thinking. Leave me your thoughts in the comment section below; I’d love to hear from you.

Categories What I'm Thinking | Tags: | Posted on December 14, 2020

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