How awesome is this place!  This is none other than the house of God …He called that place Bethel,…”

[Genesis 28: 16,19]

Bethel – the house of God – a place of new beginnings.  Birthed on the day of Pentecost the ‘church’ had a new beginning.   The Seed had fallen in to the earth just as Jesus proclaimed,  “I tell you the truth, unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains only a single seed.  But if it dies, it produces many seeds.”  [John 12:24].  Like a seed the church was sown…and there it began to grow.  The life of a disciple of Christ is one that is constantly living and dying and in the process sowing seeds of righteousness.

But how has the church grown?  In a speech to the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church, Dr. Richard Halverson, chaplain to the U.S. Senate, was challenging the church to come back to its roots.  He said, “In the beginning the church was a fellowship of men and women centered on the living Christ.  Then the church moved to Greece where it became a philosophy.  Then it moved to Rome where it became an institution.  Next it moved to Europe where it became a culture and, finally, it moved to America where it became an enterprise.”  We are not alive today to entertain, but to create eternity in the hearts of men.

It is imperative that our lives not be shaped by the society we live in, but by the Lord of the church Himself.  God has no carbon copies –  you are uniquely designed to be His minister and witness.  Be who He has made you to be fashioned in His likeness, born anew of His Spirit and empowered to transform the world you live in.

Further Reading:  2 Corinthians 3-4