Since I’m a pastor I have to go to church on Mondays. Sure, I could count my time preaching and teaching on Sunday’s as church, but since that’s a time of pouring out for me, I need to find a time to be poured into. So on Mondays, I go to Brooklyn Tabernacle and am taught by my pastor, Jim Cymbala.
Now Pastor Cymbala doesn’t know me, and because I live in Chicago he couldn’t pick me out of a crowed, but faithfully each Monday I stream the message from that Sunday praying his words will pour into me and fill me.
This past summer Pastor Cymbala and the Brooklyn Tabernacle Singers came to my town in Naperville. Literally two miles from my church, Pastor Cymbala, along with Tim Delina, and Michael Durso, came for a conference. Listening to your pastor online is one thing, but when he’s standing ten feet from you, needless to say, I was on the edge of my seat hanging on every word.
I thought for sure today I would cover the story of Zacchaeus in my reflection, but boy did God have other plans.There are two lines of scripture right before Chapter 20 begins that I want to reflect on today.
Luke 19:47-48 (NLT) 47 After that, he taught daily in the Temple, but the leading priests, the teachers of religious law, and the other leaders of the people began planning how to kill him. 48 But they could think of nothing, because all the people hung on every word he said.
This scripture falls right after Jesus gets done clearing the temple and reminding everyone that his “Father’s house, is a house of prayer.” But lets dig a little deeper to a possible bigger meaning, at least it was for me.
It would have been common for a teacher like Jesus to teach in the Temple, so we find Jesus getting up in the morning, teaching all day to the people, and heading back to Bethany each night, probably to the house of Mary and Martha. But here’s a thought: In order to apply this to our lives today, and I understand this may be a stretch, but what if we believed what Paul taught the church in Corinth, that we are the temple…little “T.”
1 Corinthians 6:19 (NLT) 19 Don’t you realize that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, who lives in you and was given to you by God? You do not belong to yourself, 20 for God bought you with a high price. So you must honor God with your body.
What would it look like if we allowed God, through the Holy Spirit, to teach us daily in our temple? Well, Luke already alludes to what could happen.
It’s amazing to think who Jesus’ adversaries were; leading priests, teachers of the law, and other leaders. Who are your adversaries? Who are the people around you who want nothing more than for you to be beat down and oppressed? So why couldn’t Jesus’ adversaries think of anything to accuse Jesus, because all the people hung on every word he said.
What would it look like for the adversaries in your life to think of nothing against you because you hang on every word of God?
- Jesus taught daily in the Temple………..Jesus wants to teach you daily in your temple
- Jesus had adversaries…………………………You have adversaries
- Jesus’ adversaries were quiet……………..Your adversaries will be quiet
When you allow Jesus to teach you daily, your adversaries will have no power, because you will be hanging on every word that comes from the Lord.
Sitting on the edge of your seat hanging on every word of a pastor is not a bad thing, but it doesn’t compare to hanging on every word of God, that Word, will silence your enemies. Let’s meet with Jesus and allow him to teach us today.