15 And He made a scourge of cords, and drove them all out of the temple, with the sheep and the oxen; and He poured out the coins of the money changers and overturned their tables; 16 and to those who were selling the doves He said, “Take these things away; stop making My Father’s house a place of business.” John 2:15-16 NASB
Jesus took the time to make a “scourge of cords” to drive the money changers out of the temple. He definitely was not happy that business transactions had become a focus in God’s house. You know how that goes, bargaining for the best price. Maybe coming away not happy that you paid so much, but knowing that you were stuck and had to make the purchase because you had to sacrifice. Bad transactions would have had people focused on the transaction and not on the reason they were there.
It probably didn’t mean to start off like that. Those who allowed the money changers in the temple probably had good intentions at first. But soon enough things get corrupted. We live in a fallen world.
But the reminder here is that the things of God are holy! The things of God should not be treated as common place. There is a reverence and respect that should accompany the believer while they are active in the things of God.
Do I reverent the things of God? That might be a question that I ask myself more often. I don’t want things that started off to a be a blessing to God to turn into something that He despises.
I should evaluate and reflex on the things I do for God, but also the condition of my heart. My purpose should always stay true to what God desires.
Lord, I never want to take for granted Your presence. I never want to take things that are holy and treat them like common everything things.
Help me to live reverently and respectfully. There is no comparison to Your holiness. I love it and never want to become so comfortable that I treat Your presence with contempt. Keep me awestruck in Your presence Lord.