A few years back on a Thursday morning, I remember unlocking the door, walking in and seeing broken glass all over the carpet. As I further investigated, I saw a couple of offices that had been completely trashed. I realized that our church had been broken into and vandalized. Then I called 911. I often wonder what causes people to bring so much destruction, even sometimes, to the place of worship.
After Jesus road into Jerusalem on a donkey, he made a trip to the Temple where he discovered crimes against God happening as well. Take a look:
15 When they arrived back in Jerusalem, Jesus entered the Temple and began to drive out the people buying and selling animals for sacrifices. He knocked over the tables of the money changers and the chairs of those selling doves, 16 and he stopped everyone from using the Temple as a marketplace. 17 He said to them, “The Scriptures declare, ‘My Temple will be called a house of prayer for all nations,’ but you have turned it into a den of thieves.”
18 When the leading priests and teachers of religious law heard what Jesus had done, they began planning how to kill him. But they were afraid of him because the people were so amazed at his teaching.
Have you ever walked into a place where it felt like people were trying to get from you more than they were trying to invest in you? As Jesus walked into the Temple, he saw people selling way overpriced items to people who had no other option than to buy those overpriced options. To Jesus, this was a roadblock keeping people from getting right with God. Take some time today to think through some of the things that kept you from getting right with God earlier in your life. Then think through some of the things that you could do to make it easier for someone else to access the Gospel Message.