Death By Meeting

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Do you ever feel like you have too many meetings? In some organizations it can feel like a slow death. Patrick Lencioni writes “The most justifiable reason to loathe meetings is that they don’t contribute to the success of our organizations.” But, meetings are very important. I like “scrum” meetings- quick, stand up, report in, forecast, move on meetings! In the book Double Blessing by pastor and author Mark Batterson, writes that the foremost blessing of God is… “God! God with us, for us, and in us”. This idea is evident during the Exodus of God’s people from Egypt to the promised land. There, in the wilderness, a tent of meeting was provided by God. The sons of Israel had access to the God of the universe. It cannot be overstate how amazing this was. Yet, sadly the opportunity was often neglected. We now live the spiritual reality of what God desired. What was physical in the old testament experience has its fulfillment in Christ with us. So, you and I are the meeting place of God. He has consecrated us by His glory. We worship Him with obedient lives. And throughout the day He is available to meet with us in constant prayer. When we live like this.. “They” will know that the Lord is our God who still does miracles. God offers life in continually meeting with Him!

I will meet there with the sons of Israel, and it shall be consecrated by My glory. I will consecrate the tent of meeting and the altar; I will also consecrate Aaron and his sons to minister as priests to Me. I will dwell among the sons of Israel and will be their God. They shall know that I am the Lord their God who brought them out of the land of Egypt, that I might dwell among them; I am the Lord their God. Exodus 29:43-46 NASB

How real is my relationship with God? How would my prayer life reflect the priority I have placed on the tent of meeting?

God, as this day begins- I confess that I am one who neglects the promise You’ve given to be “with us, for us, and in us”. But, not today! Please consecrate me by tuning my mind to heavenly realities, consecrate my body for holy use, consecrate my soul for Godly desires. Lead me by the indwelling Holy Spirit as I reach out and love people in Your name. Call to my remembrance hour by hour, that which I should attend to as You minister to me. May “They” (all who do not yet know You) see Your life and love on display in me.

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