Nehemiah 10:39 Don’t Neglect God’s House

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The people of Israel, including the Levites, are to bring their contributions of grain, new wine and olive oil to the storerooms, where the articles for the sanctuary and for the ministering priests, the gatekeeper and the musicians are also kept. “We will not neglect the house of our God.” Nehemiah 10:39 

Buildings are often neglected, especially when they get older. Little things start to go wrong and they are ignored. Large problems occur and people move out. They don’t want to deal with the problems and so they abandon the place and neglect its needed care.

This can happen because one believes it is someone else’s responsibility or they don’t want to take the time or resources to maintain the building. They ignore the problems, until it is too late and the building is condemned.

As the Israelites were rebuilding the temple and Jerusalem, they took an oath to not  neglect the house of God, the temple. They took an oath to bring in all the required tithes and offerings throughout the year.

While there is a physical church building today, there is still a house of God that is even greater than the building. Each and every believer is a temple of God and all believers together make up the house of God. While people often take care of the physical church building, many will neglect the house of God in themselves or in others.

They don’t take time to study His word, or pray, or be filled with His Holy Spirit and presence. They reject what God has to tell them in search for personal pleasure. They choose to not take time to have a relationship with God.

The people had to bring in: the grain, this is God’s word to feed a believer; the wine, this is the new covenant of salvation brought about by Jesus; and the olive oil, this is the Holy Spirit in the life of the believer.

As a believer, you must have these things in your life. Your body is now a temple of God and must be cared for. Having these things in your life, will ensure that all is taken care of in your spiritual body, the temple of God.

Don’t neglect your spiritual body, or it will fall into ruin and bring about a spiritual death. God wants you to have life to the fullest. Accept what He has for you and don’t neglect it.

I pray today that you will know the salvation Jesus provides; that you will be filled with God’s Holy Spirit; that you will have a hunger to be fed with God’s word; and that you will not neglect God’s temple in your life or in others. 

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1 Corinthians 12:27 The Body Of Christ

 

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Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it. 1 Corinthians 12:27

Paul had been talking about different parts of the church. There are different leaders and different ministries within the church. Each one has a place in the church.

Groups of people tend to believe that their church is the only true church and that all other churches are missing the mark and are not true to God. The reason for these feelings are usually different beliefs in doctrine. One church worships with only fast songs, while another worships only slow songs out of the hymnal. One believes in using wine for communion, while another uses grape juice. One has services in a home, while another in a church building. The differences are uncountable.

Some of these groups broke off from another group because of some of these differences. Yet, God did not make His church to be that way. The church is the body of Christ. It is made up of believers in Jesus, regardless of how they worship or believe.

The core of it is belief in the salvation provided by Jesus. All the rest are sides to how you worship and serve God and each other. As long as the belief does not go directly against any teaching in the Bible, it is acceptable.

Each person must decide between himself and God as to what he wants to believe and do in the process of worship. However, every believer must be a part of the body of Christ, working together to build His kingdom in their own ways as God has shown them. That needs to be the goal of every believer, just as it was with Jesus and is still to this day.

Division must not occur in the body of Christ. Regardless of  how you worship and serve God, do not cut someone else down for the way that they worship and serve God. Build each other up, rather than cut them down.

A body should never cut itself or destroy itself. As a believer in Jesus, do not do anything that would destroy another part of God’s body…the church.

If you are believer in Jesus, you are a part of His body. What is your duty in the body of Christ? What does God want you to do in order to build His body even greater?

I pray today that you will know the salvation Jesus provides; that God will show you your position in His body; that you will love every part of the body of Christ, the church; and that God will help you build the body of Christ.