I am obsessed with steeples on church buildings. Strange? Well, maybe. I grew up in the baby boomer 1970’s generation. In our youth group we used to point up and say, “ONE WAY”! We looked up for inspiration and guidance and I don’t apologize for that. It was not unusual to see my friends stand up in Sunday night church to testify that God kept them from getting high the week before. Our generation kept it real and we still just tell it like it is.
I believe steeples gently whisper to us with voices of hope. Are you listening to them? Can you hear the steeple telling you, “Look up! God is on the throne and He is in control of everything. He wants to control you and your life too, if you will let Him.”
Some steeples are constructed in four sections. From bottom to top: Tower, Belfry, Lantern & Spire. While the fancy ones are pretty, I also like the more simple ones. They don’t speak as loudly and they are not seen from as far away, but they are beautiful in their simplicity. They have a charm all their own.
Of course a church is not the building, but the people inside! I’m reminded of a little verse I learned as a child:
HERE’S THE CHURCH
HERE’S THE STEEPLE
OPEN IT UP
AND SEE ALL THE PEOPLE!
Some of you did the hand motions, didn’t you?
Christians see the steeples and we hear what they say and we see where they point. I’m afraid the world around us has gotten so used to seeing them that they take them for granted, or they just don’t care.
So hear me now. On the day when our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, breaks through the blue and snatches the Christians up in the twinkling of an eye – then the world will notice the steeples – then the world will hear them saying, “Here – this is the place where hope could have been found.”
That makes me very sad, because you see by then, it will be too late.
If you don’t know Jesus as your Savior today, please pray to Him. That just means you sincerely ask Him to forgive you of your sins and come into your heart to live. God loves you and wants you to belong to Him. Jesus died on a cross so you could spend eternity with Him. You don’t have to understand the why of it – you have to understand that you need to ask Jesus to be your personal Lord and Savior to make heaven your eternal home. You don’t have to beg Him – just ask and use that bit of faith to believe. God will do the rest – I promise.
Let me just say, while I have a thing for steeples on churches – that’s NOT what the church is all about! The church is made of people and is about people – period!
We talk about prayer a lot here. Praying just means you talk to God – and you listen for Him. Yes, He talks back but He talks to your soul. God does not want anyone to perish and spend eternity in Hell. He wants all to come to a saving knowledge of Him. I hope you will make Christ your King today.
Peace be with you. Show some love today. 🙂