You might say, “I don’t believe in God because I can’t see him.” And some clever-shins Christian would argue you can’t see oxygen, but we still know it’s there…and so on. But what if you could see God; if we had some utopian society where God was really present and active, dwelling among us? What would that look like?
As it happens, that was the purpose God gave to Moses for constructing a tabernacle (Exodus 25:8-9). It was to be a place where God could dwell, so that he could live among the people. Imagine that! God present and active, living right alongside his people. Being a tent type of construction, it was able to be moved, so wherever the people went, the tabernacle could go with them. Later when they settled, a temple was built on a permanent site, again as a sanctuary, or safe place, for God to dwell in.
Don’t you just wish you could see God present and active in our world today? Don’t you wish there was a place you could go, where God was, where he lived, where he spoke, where he manifested his glory? Can you picture it? Wouldn’t you just want that?
What if I told you it’s possible? I don’t think the final plan was just one tent or building where God would live. What God had in his mind’s eye, was for lots of of people who would carry his presence into all the world. They themselves would be that special dwelling place, so wherever they were, God would be present and alive and active in that community. 1 Corinthians 6:19 tells us, “Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God?” Now doesn’t that sound pretty utopian? Don’t you want to be a part of that?
There were very specific instructions God gave to Moses for the design of the tabernacle, which they had to follow. Exactly. Funnily enough, there are some pretty specific instructions for the lifestyle people need to follow if they are to carry his presence into all the world. In particular, they need to have their sins forgiven (through the blood of Jesus) and live a life worthy of their calling. If we followed the instructions more precisely, we would see a lot more God in our communities.
God thank you for forgiving me my sins. Help me live a life that carries your presence everywhere I go. Let others see you are alive and active because of how I live.