Sermon by Kenny Foster, Senior Pastor, from 2 Samuel 7:1-14a & Ephesians 2:1-22
Every Christian faces a battle with vanity that is unexpected. This is so because it comes in the guise of doing something for God. In our reading for this Sunday’s sermon we see David, the king, struggling with this vain desire. He wants to build a house for God. The Lord’s response to David is both a rebuke and a blessing. The Lord’s response shows us the difference between religious effort and grace at work. If the Lord is to have a house, he must provide it himself. Through Christ, God shall build a house for his name.
If we labor to build a house for God, we will always be building, it will always be inadequate, and filled with tributes to our efforts. But if the Lord builds the house, it will be a place for all nations, a true habitat for humanity, a dwelling place for God by the Spirit. This dwelling place for God is built through the gospel of Christ. In which house would you want to dwell?