Is it only in the church building that Christian have to reverence God? Christians ought to live every moment everywhere in the fear of God. What do one sees in all the church buildings where children of God gathered? Reverencing God. It is in the church building that you will find worshipers displaying gentle and humble attitude; however, what they displayed outside the church building is the opposite. It means our fear of God is limited to the church building.

Our reverence for God should be everywhere. Either we are in the sanctuary or out side the church; a Christian must display a Christ-like behavior. The church should be a place to get instruction on how to live outside the church. The presence of God is not only in the temple anymore but every point on the surface of the earth. Reverencing God is shown on how we carry the message of God to the world; most especially, in our conduct.

Our Lord Jesus said,

“But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him” (Jn. 4:23).

Worshiping God in spirit and truth should not be in the church building only; but it should reflect in our actions everywhere we go. As I said earlier, the church building is a necessary place we must go; it is a place to learn the word of God, which is getting instruction on how we ought to conduct ourselves outside the church building.

The word of God reveals to us that we are the temple of God and that the spirit of God resides in us (1Cor.3:16-17); it means that as we go all about we carry the temple of God. Therefore, we need to display a Christian-like character everywhere. If we walk in the spirit, we are empowered to display a character that reveals our reverence for God.

What is outside the church is enormously overwhelming compare to what we see in the church building. The decorations we see in the churches today are man made to entice new converts; they grow old and replaced or renewed because we don’t fancy them anymore. But outside the church building, there are numerous creations that show our God as awesome. The sky, trees, mountains, oceans, human beings and others are permanent and unchanging; they will remain a misery forever. His creations outside the temple should encourage us to reverence Him more than just in the church building only.

Do you reverence God out side the temple? Are you not one of those Christians who betray our avowal as Christians? Does your attitude and behavior outside the church building convert unbelievers? The unbelievers are watching you; may be a good conduct you will display outside the church premise will save some souls

The Bible says,

“Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul; Having your conversation honest among the Gentiles: that, whereas they speak against you as evildoers, they may by your good works, which they shall behold, glorify God in the day of visitation” (1Pet. 2:11-12).

Awesome is our God. Our God is not only the God of the church building, but of the entire universe. Wherever you may find yourself, inside or outside the manmade sanctuaries; fear God, and worship Him alone through our Lord Jesus Christ.

 

By Lawrence Abitogun

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About the Author

Lawrence B. Abitogun, called by the special grace of the Almighty God through our Lord Jesus Christ; by the empowerment of the Holy Ghost, witnessing and preaching the gospel to the world, was born to a Christian parents at Uso, Ondo state, Nigeria. He received his elementary and secondary education in Nigeria from 1959-1971. He obtained a Bachelor degree in Fine Arts and a Master of Science in Industrial Arts at North Texas State University, Denton TX USA in 1979 and 1982 respectively.

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