I’ve tried everything and nothing helps. I’m at the end of my rope. Is there no one who can do anything for me? Isn’t that the real question?
The answer, thank God, is that Jesus Christ can and does. He acted to set things right in this life of contradictions where I want to serve God with all my heart and mind, but am pulled by the influence of sin to do something totally different.
// Romans 7:24-25
We are all temples looking for something to worship. I’ve tried worshipping other things. I struggle daily to do what I was created to do. It’s like there is a rip tide deep inside of me that pulls me and drags me in the wrong direction. Something in my nature that is bent on positioning myself as supremely important. Even my good intentions towards others can be about me looking a certain way. This temple I live in is broken down and in disrepair.
Paul was right when he reached this point in his Holy-Spirit-guided self-reflection. Though these thoughts and questions in Romans 7 seem very negative, they are the beginning of true worship.
It’s at the end of myself that true worship begins.
If Truth is going to set us free we must first start from a place of truth in our own lives. Be honest: is Jesus at the center of your thoughts or are you at the center of your thoughts?
We all worship everyday; worship is not our problem, it’s what we are worshipping that might be the problem. We might have a glory problem.
As Paul writes, we want to serve God with all our hearts and minds but we need Jesus to make this desire a reality by His grace, not our own strength. We’ve tried and tried but we continue to reach the end of our rope, trying everything and nothing seems to help.
Throughout these next 92 days our prayer is that we let Jesus Christ, by His Holy Spirit, into our Temple as Master Builder to repair, renovate, renew, recover, revive, and reconstruct all areas of our lives so that these temples become, again, the dwelling place that He desires. Temples full of worship, grace, love, mercy, beauty, and joy for the Glory of God. Thank God for Jesus Christ, for He can and will do this for us.
We are inviting humans in this great city and beyond to join us for a Summer of Worship...92 days of letting Jesus take His rightful place at the center of our lives and, in turn, the center of NYC.
Welcome to THE TEMPLE PRØJECT.
// Josh Kelsey