This week we continued our current series, Above All, with a message from Ps. Steve entitled, “The Jesus Meter”. If you weren’t able to join us on Sunday, don’t worry, we’ve got you covered in this recap of a message you don’t want to miss!
Here’s the one thing I crave from God, the one thing I seek above all else: I want the privilege of living with Him every moment in His house, finding the sweet loveliness of His face, filled with awe, delighting in his glory and grace. I want to live my life so close to Him that He takes pleasure in my every prayer. [Psalm 27:4]
“I want the privilege of living with Him every moment in His house”
His House. God’s House. God’s Dwelling Place.
In the Old Testament God dwelled with His people, the Israelites, in a fancy box called the Ark of the Covenant. For many years the Israelites were homeless nomads; wandering the wilderness waiting to be led to the promised land. The presence of God went with them. Moses, the leader of the Israelites, erected a tabernacle for the presence of God wherever they camped - which was a fancy tent. This was the dwelling place of God. A box in a tent with His people.
As time progressed, the Israelites inherited the promised land. They went through generations with judges then finally a King; King Saul - yet still God’s dwelling place was a box in a tent. Then David took the throne. The psalmist who penned Psalm 27:4. The man whose desire was for God Above All else.
Now when the king [David] lived in his house and the LORD had given him rest from all his surrounding enemies, the king [David] said to Nathan the prophet, “See now, I dwell in a house of cedar, but the ark of God dwells in a tent.” And Nathan said to the king, “Go, do all that is in your heart, for the LORD is with you.” [2 Samuel 7:1-3]
David loved God’s presence so much he wanted to build a house for him that was worthy of his presence. So David planned and prepared a temple for God to dwell. The temple was extravagant and awe inspiring. They spared no expense. The temple came at great cost: personal sacrifice.
The gold and silver alone used in the Temple was worth $216,603,576,000. This does not include all the precious metals, bronze, iron, ivory, or cedar wood used in the temple.
The temple says, you are worthy of a house, a dwelling place worthy of your presence!
This is an expression of holiness.
Now, therefore, thus you shall say to my servant David, ‘Thus says the LORD of hosts, I took you from the pasture, from following the sheep, that you should be prince over my people Israel. [2 Samuel 7:8]
You see, David knew the salvation of God. The goodness of God. The purpose of God. He was taken from the pasture to the palace. From shepherd to King. His response was to honour God by creating a dwelling place fit for God.
In the Old Testament God dwelled in the ark; in the tabernacle; in the temple. In the New Testament God dwells in us. We are the temple of God! The place of his dwelling.
Do you not know that you are God's temple and that God's Spirit dwells in you? [1 Corinthians 3:16]
even the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees him nor knows him. You know him, for he dwells with you and will be in you. [John 14:17]
Like the temple in all it’s glory, your life gets to declare the glory of God by revealing the grace, mercy & love of God!
The definition of Holiness is to be consecrated, dedicated, set apart, purified. The theological term is sanctification or to be sanctified.
Bradford A. Mullen explains it like this...
“The generic meaning of sanctification is "the state of proper functioning." To sanctify someone or something is to set that person or thing apart for the use intended by its designer. A pen is "sanctified" when used to write. Eyeglasses are "sanctified" when used to improve sight. In the theological sense, things are sanctified when they are used for the purpose God intends. A human being is sanctified, therefore, when he or she lives according to God's design and purpose.”
“To sanctify someone or something is to set that person or thing apart for the use intended by its designer”
Last week we learned:
- the purpose of man is to glorify God and enjoy him forever.
- that God is most glorified in us, when we are most satisfied in him.
- you are made for relationship with God!
- the greater the depth of relationship, the greater your depth of joy will be and the greater your life displays him!
Discipleship is described by Eugene Peterson as “a long obedience in the same direction.”
We have a choice every day - obedience or disobedience? Our choices create the heading of our life. they set our course.
So what's the course? Where are you headed?
So here’s what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life—your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life—and place it before God as an offering. Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for him. Don’t become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking. Instead, fix your attention on God. You’ll be changed from the inside out. Readily recognise what he wants from you, and quickly respond to it. Unlike the culture around you, always dragging you down to its level of immaturity, God brings the best out of you, develops well-formed maturity in you. [Romans 12:1-2 MSG]
The writer is exhorting us that our response to the grace, mercy and love of God should be to move away from the things that would diminish the presence of God, away from the things that would quench His presence; that would stand in opposition to His presence and towards those things that would host His presence; increase His presence.
That our lives would be worship.
That the love of Jesus would be painted on the canvas of our life for all to see.
Ask yourself these questions:
What in my life stirs my affection for Jesus?
What in my life robs my affection for Jesus?
We make it our aim to please Him [2 Corinthians 5:9]
Paul Scanlon makes this powerful statement:
“God doesn’t measure churches by attendance; God weighs them…. of how much Jesus there is in the church. You can’t count that at all. But God has a way of weighing them. And the church can be 20,000 and the Holy Spirit’s crying. Or it could be 20 and the Holy Spirit’s dancing up the aisle. I think we’ve settled for a false reading of what God’s interested in and we’ve built something else that we call the church, but I’m not sure that it is. And we dId that.”
If our church was weighed, how much Jesus would there be?
If your life was weighed, how much Jesus would there be?
What is the Jesus Meter reading?
The outcome of holiness: more of Jesus
“You can be committed to church and not committed to Jesus, but you cannot be committed to Jesus and not committed to church”
So ask yourself, “do I have a passion for the house of God? Do I have a passion for Jesus? Do I love what He loves?”
Our hope for C3 Church Wellington is this:
There is one person who is elevated above everything else. Jesus. We want all roads to lead to Him and from Him. He is our passion. He is our pursuit. He is our message.
And like David, we would desire to build a temple worthy of the presence of God. That our lives would display the glory and grace and love of God found in Jesus!
Our hope for you is that Jesus would be your deepest delight; highest treasure and greatest pursuit. That you would make it your aim to please Him!
So what is the Jesus Meter reading?
How much Jesus is on display through you?
God is calling you to Himself and He’s calling you to Holiness.
He’s wanting to crank up the Jesus Meter in you.
Why don’t you take a moment to ponder the heading of your life. What things stir your affection for Jesus? What things rob your affection for Jesus. Don’t allow your heart to grow dull. Don’t allow apathy to set in. Come back to Him today. Allow Him to shine through you to the world around you. It’s time to crank up the Jesus meter.