15 Then they came to Jerusalem. And He entered the temple and began to drive out those who were buying and selling in the temple, and overturned the tables of the money changers and the seats of those who were selling doves; 16 and He would not permit anyone to carry merchandise through the temple. 17 And He began to teach and say to them, “Is it not written, ‘MY HOUSE SHALL BE CALLED A HOUSE OF PRAYER FOR ALL THE NATIONS ‘? But you have made it a ROBBERS’ DEN.”
If Jesus was to walk into your church, how do you think He would respond? Would He turn over the tables and scold everyone? Or would He praise your church for doing things the right way? I have to think that a lot of church’s would face His wrath, rather get His praise. Too many people use church or religious items to make a buck. If you do not believe me walk into a Christian book store. There is a lot items sold that have very little to do with Jesus.
Church needs to be about the business of Jesus. Now that does not mean stuff cannot be sold in church. It means they should not be sold for a profit. The people in the temple were selling sacrificial animals and making money off of it. Church should not be a place for us to make money. We should not be using church to do business. Church is not a place to make business contacts. Church is a place for serving others.
Lord, please help us to treat Your house as special. Help us to not use church to make money, but for prayer and service. Help us to be about Your business. Amen.