Last week we held the Young Professionals Conference in Fountain Valley. It truly was amazing to meet so many different people from all over the world who share the same faith. Though we all have different backgrounds, nationalities, and experiences, yet we all came to serve in the same purpose. Hearing each of their testimonies of faith and how they came into the church life was as fulfilling, as it is assuring that I’m in the right place. We all were constantly eating together, whether it was food for our stomachs or food for our spirits. Truly a beautiful 4 days we spent as one body.
We were in fellowship over the matter of the Lord desiring a dwelling place. The place of the Lord has to be holy, a Spiritual House. It can’t be a den of thieves or any type of house, we build, but it is one He must build. With it being a Spiritual House, He needs the priesthood that will serve in it. That will come near to Him at His table, that will minister to Him. In the same likeness, He won’t live just anywhere, the same standard of righteousness applies to His priest. They must be faithful to come near to Him, to be holy as He is holy. It is not meant to discourage us from coming, but to trust in Him. To repent and turn from our way and turn to the Lord.
So if you look at Moses, He charged him to build the tabernacle. The Lord gave him the vision to build it according to everything He showed them on the mountain. So that the proper dwelling place can be prepared. God has always desired a dwelling place with us. God is very much okay where He is, but He wants to be with His people. As in the garden, when He walked with Adam and Eve. As David had a heart for God. He knew God desired a home, that all His own may come. What place are we preparing for the Lord today? What kind of church life are we experiencing today? Is it the work of our hands, or are we turning to the Lord to come near to Him, eating with Him, and asking what do You want in Your house?
Turning to scripture we see this house is not one built up by stones anymore as in David and Solomon’s day, but it is spiritual! Christ is the cornerstone, the living stone, that was rejected by men. The Jews did not receive Him, but He was chosen by God and precious. 1 Peter 2:5 says, ”we also, as living stones, are being built up a spiritual house, a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.” So God shows us what we are, where we should live, our occupation and the work that needs to be done all in one verse. We must change our concepts. We shouldn’t think of priest like a pope, or a catholic priest. Far from the picture in scripture, but as one who draws near to God to minister to Him. How can there be just one man next to God, when the Lord desires a priest-“hood” that can be joined together. Also a house made of stones can’t be built up, unless they are together. How can the house stand unless, they are fitted together? Ephesians 2:21 in whom the whole building, being fitted together, grows into a holy temple in the Lord, in whom you also are being built together for a dwelling place of God in the Spirit.
Now knowing that there is a Spiritual House and a Priesthood the Lord desires. We also see that we make up that body or temple — we the believers are that priesthood to serve and minister to the Lord. However the ones who come to Him, must be faithful. It’s not in those that are capable, but those that are faithful to trust in Him. He doesn’t delight in the strength of man, but the heart that is faithful. We truly see there is such a distinction between the Levites and the Sons of Zadok in the book of Ezekiel. One group of priests were faithful and the other strayed after idols and let the Israelites turn from God. The sons of Zadok were faithful to keep the Lord’s charge, and worship Him in the most Holy of Holies and the inner court. Ezekiel 44: 16 “They shall enter My sanctuary, and they shall come near My table to minister to Me, and they shall keep My charge.”
The same distinction is true to the believers in the present. We ask ourselves, why hasn’t the Lord returned, because He is waiting for the glorious church to be revealed. That the sons of God will be revealed. Romans 8:12-23 The Lord Jesus gave many parables, concerning those believers who would be faithful and wise, which are distinct from those who were foolish and wicked. In those parables, they have nothing to do with unbelievers, but He is talking to all those that will follow Him. As in the faithful servant and evil servant. ”Who then is a faithful and wise servant, whom his master made ruler over his household, to give them food in due season? Blessed is that servant whom his master, when he comes, will find so doing. Assuredly, I say to you that he will make him ruler over all his goods. But if that evil servant says in his heart, ‘My master is delaying his coming.’, and begins to beat his fellow servants, and to eat and drink with the drunkards, the master of that servant will come on a day when he is not looking for him and at an hour that he is not aware of, and will cut him in two and appoint him his portion with the hypocrites. There shall be a weeping and gnashing of teeth.”
Woo! May we be the faithful servants! The levites, have the outer courts to serve the lord, but those that are not found faithful among us believers have the outer darkness. Truly we must prepare. When it says those that say in his heart, “My master is delaying His coming” it is really speaking of our condition. We forget the Lord truly is returning. We become drunk with this world and all of it’s cares. We fall drunk with our desires and what we have to gain in this life, we forget our purpose. To be faithful for the Master, that He will find us, giving food to His other servants in due season. Giving food, as in spiritual food. That we can supply each other with that which brings life. Not beating each other with the word. How much do we judge one another, and kill with the letter. Being so legalistic with Christ, which is how so many judge and appoint themselves God over each other. When they themselves will be given their portion with the hypocrites.
This is only part one! haha There was so much that was gained and eaten in this conference, so it’s hard to share it all in one email. If you’d like to hear the messages for yourselves, let me know I can get the recordings to you. It truly was an enlightening experience.
With all love, prayer and peace,