“It is written,” he said to them, ” ‘My house will be called a house of prayer,’ but you are making it ‘a den of robbers.’ ” Matthew 21:13
Jesus had walked into the temple courts and saw many people exchanging money and selling things. He knocked everything over and then reminded them what Isaiah and Jeremiah had prophesied about the temple. Isaiah called the temple a house of prayers. Jeremiah said they made it a den of robbers.
No one likes to be robbed of anything. It is commonly thought throughout the world that stealing is wrong. It is also common that of anyplace to steal, no one should steal from a church or temple. Anyone who has something stolen from them usually seeks out justice to find and punish the person who did the stealing.
Although Jesus was dealing with money and selling in the church, there is a different type of stealing that is common in the church. It is the stealing of time from God, the pastor and others inside the church.
One may ask how there is stealing of time inside the church?
Every week people go to church, many on a regular basis. Yet, while they are in church, sitting in the chairs, their mind is somewhere else. They are not focused on the worship of God or the sermon being spoken. The songs being sung are done with rote memorization, they are just words being said with no meaning in the heart. The words being spoken for the sermon go in one ear and out the other. There is no application to the life of the person.
This is stealing from God, the pastor and others. God has placed the pastor and the worship team there to lead people to get closer to God. If one does not move in closer to Him, it is wasting their time and stealing it from them. It is stealing from God what He has given for good.
As you go to your next church service, ask yourself if you are stealing from God. Where is your heart while you are sitting in the service? Are you worshipping God from your heart, or just with words?
Use the time God is giving you to draw closer to Him in worship and praise. Apply His words to your life to be more like Jesus. Don’t rob God anymore of this blessing.
I pray today that you will focus on God more; that you will worship God from your heart; that you will use the time wisely that God has given you; and that you will not rob God of anything.