We spend a great deal of time in a line.
At the grocery store, bank, registration, movie theater or fast food place… like sheep, we automatically join the cue and wait our turn.
In Old Testament days, this even happened in the temple: lining up to enter, especially on holy days.
Lining up to buy your offering.
Lining up for your turn to offer your offering.
And if you were a priest, you lined up to receive the offering, burn the offering, or receive your assigned portion of the offering.
God’s presence resided in the Holy of Holies, and was only approached once a year by special choosing.
But God wanted more.
And then there was a line written in the sands of time for all to see, spelling out the Name above All Names, Jesus.
The Word became human, and walked among us.
God with us.
And turned traditional lines on their heads.
People didn’t just line up to see Jesus, like well behaved sheep.
but flocked, sometimes to the point where Jesus was overwhelmed with compassion for the crowds. (Matthew 9:39, Mark 6:34, Matthew 14:14) They could sense He loved His life in a way they had never imagined possible.
With the Living Word came a new way to live.
Align ourselves with His Kingdom.
Follow His ways, His leading.
Love with His heart.
Offer His hope.
When we accept Jesus for who He is, Holy Spirit moves in and takes up permanence residence inside of us. The Presence of God moves into the temple again.
When we try to do things in our own strength, drawn back into the old way of living mindset, or in sheep talk, baaaaaaaaad ways 🙂 we need to realign ourselves with God:
Come back into His Presence, and worship Him.
Lay our burdens down at His feet.
Speak out our wrongdoings, and ask Him to cleanse us again.
Invite Him to speak to us anew, and ask Him to teach us to hear His voice loudly, over the other voices vying for our attention.
Tired of lining up?
Jesus erased the barriers in worship keeping us from God directly.
You can go to Him at any time now.
No lining up, just aligning required.
Aligning with the God of everything will change your life, both here on earth and eternity to come.
It will be costly, aligning yourself up to a Holy God, for you will see how much you don’t line up.
His grace, mercy, and love will be waiting to minister to you through the process.
Align to His design.
The rewards will be so worth it.