Psalm 26:8, "LORD, I have loved the habitation of thy house, and the place where thine honour dwelleth."
The Psalmist speaks of his love for "the habitation of thy house, and the place where thine honour dwelleth." Last Monday I celebrated my 51st spiritual birthday, and had the privilege on that day to lead two teenage boys to our Savior. There is no greater joy for me than to know I am born again, no greater honor for me than to be a pastor, and nothing I would rather experience than leading people to Christ. Now those boys need to learn the place of importance the church plays in their spiritual growth and development. Many profess salvation while ignoring the great institution of the local church.
Like the Psalmist, I love God's House (his church). It is in the church that God is glorified most. It is in the church that God's honor is recognized and fleshed out in the lives of individuals. There is no other place on earth that matches the glory of the local church. That is why thirty-seven years ago this past February I left a secular job and began serving God full time in the local church. Ephesians 3:21 says, "Unto Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Amen." The Apostle Peter concludes his writings with the following: "But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To Him be glory both now and for ever. Amen."
May we love God's House, the local New Testament Church. For it is in the church where God's honour dwells and He is glorified.
Have a good day.
Pastor Mike Abbott