“Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.”
Today is Easter, the celebration of the resurrection of our Lord. This prayer and fasting guide was written to prepare you for the greatest experience ever in corporate worship to our King. I pray you are ready to worship Him in spirit and truth. But before you head to worship, can I ask you a question? Where will you worship today? I am not asking “where” as in relationship to the specific church. I assume you will worship at Gardendale First Baptist, duh. No, when you arrive, where will you be seated? Again, I am not asking in what section of the worship center you will sit. I am certain you will sit in your favorite spot (unless someone steals your seat!) I want to know, from a temple perspective, since you are the temple of the living God, in what section of the temple will you worship? In your mind and spirit, where will you be? Will you be standing on Solomon’s Porch? Will you be in the Court of the Gentiles, the Court of the Women, the Court of the Israelites, or the Court of the Priests? Or, will you be in the inner sanctuary, the Holy of Holies?
The place where you sit in our worship center is not reflective of where you are in your temple. Just because you sit down front to catch the slobber does not necessarily mean you are in the inner sanctuary. And, for that matter, just because you are on the last row in the stadium seating does not mean you are standing on Solomon’s Porch. The important place is not your physical place but your spiritual place. Here is the million dollar question: “Will you be in God’s favorite room?” “Will you worship God in the only room where worship is acceptable to God?” “Will you be in the Holy of Holies with God?” The writer of Hebrews encouraged believers to come boldly to the throne room of God to worship Him!
Everyone, who attends worship this weekend at GFBC, will be in the same physical room but not everyone will be in the same spiritual room. They could if they read and discovered the truths of the temple discussed in this book but not everyone picked up a copy. Some will be in Solomon’s Court because they feel too condemned to move inward. They may even be on the front row in the worship center! Others will be in the Court of the Gentiles because they will feel as if they are too unworthy to experience the risen Savior. Some will be in the Court of the Women because they want to impress God by how much they give in tithes and offerings. Others will be in the Court of the Israelites because they are or think they are morally good and keep the law. A few will be in the Court of the Priests because they are or think they are leading in worship. Where will you be?
Where should you be? You should be in the Holy of Holies because of what Jesus did for you not what you can do for yourself. You will be found in the Holy of Holies if you have and will present yourself as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God. Again, the Holy of Holies is the only place where your worship is acceptable to God. However, the lack of understanding in this truth causes us to manipulate a false Holy of Holies experience for those who are in one of the other courts. If they will not join us in the Holy of Holies, then we will encourage them to do things that make them feel as if they are. If you are in the Holy of Holies, it will not be necessary for someone (in the Court of the Priests) to prime your pump! Those who are found in the Holy of Holies will worship in spirit and truth without any external coercion to do so.
Where will you worship? I pray we will be found in the inner sanctuary, the Holy of Holies, where God dwells mightily. If we do, we will experience the risen Savior in a supernatural way. Jesus will be magnified, the household of faith will be edified, the lost will be justified, and the devil will be horrified! It does not get any better than that (well, until we all get to heaven.)
Soli Deo Gloria!