Many are the times when a guest says to me, “You have such a beautiful church.”
I usually try to respond with something like, “Yes, the church is blessed to worship in such a beautiful building.” And we do have a beautiful building. It is tempting to glory in our building. … In a committee meeting recently, someone mentioned that we did not want the planned celebration to be about our building, but about giving glory to God.
Peter gives me hope. He is the quintessence of “horizontal” in the Gospels and Acts. The devotion for today is a great example. He sees all the glory and makes a plan for not one, but three building projects. … And the Father says, “This is my Son, whom I love. Listen to Him!” Glorify Him.
What gives me hope is that years later, Peter wrote a letter, and in it we read, 2 Peter 1:16–18 (NIV),
16 We did not follow cleverly invented stories when we told you about the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but we were eyewitnesses of his majesty. 17 For he received honor and glory from God the Father when the voice came to him from the Majestic Glory, saying, “This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased.” 18 We ourselves heard this voice that came from heaven when we were with him on the sacred mountain.
Peter moved from the horizontal and went vertical.
Steve @ DCC