Have you ever heard or said, “isn’t it good to be in Gos’s house”?
I am on a campaign to change this destructive phrase in the church world to, “isn’t it good to BE God’s house.”
This is a subtle shift with huge implications. Change one word and we communicate a message that can radically impact our culture and the world around us.
The phrase, “isn’t it good to be IN God’s house” is an unbiblical phrase that has been passed on from generation to generation when Christians gather in church buildings and enjoy each others company and the “presence of the Lord”. Nothing wrong with church buildings perse, but to call it God’s house subtly communicates unbiblical ideas and sets us up for a one day per week church where we go to meet with God.
What are the implications of changing from “in” to “be”
… Fights over paint and carpet and coffee in the building?..If God’s house is to be reverenced and kept holy then let’s talk potlucks instead of carpet because BE means me!
… A one day a week connection with God where I go to meet him. Because that is where he is. Thus compartmentalizing my spiritual life.
BE creates a mindset of life and lifestyle incarnate every day in the world around me.
BE causes me to realize that my life is every day and all the time a representative of him.
IN creates an evangelism model that says come and get him or go to hell
BE creates a kingdom mindset that says in the real world around me where i live, work and play, may others see the love of christ in me and experience his love through me.
What would the world and culture around us look like if the church simply said, “isn’t it good to BE God’s house” and then went and lived in that reality?
Jesus is attractive… What if we lived AMONG the world around us and simply let others see Jesus instead of judgemental representatives.
Isn’t it good to BE God’s house?