On Monday – after Jesus’ powerful and electric entrance into Jerusalem – we see another powerful moment take place. A moment that again shows the difference between fans and followers. A moment where Jesus calls us to His plans and mission for the church. It is found in Matthew 21:12-13. Check it out below.
“And Jesus entered the temple and drove out all who sold and bought in the temple, and he overturned the tables of the money-changers and the seats of those who sold pigeons. He said to them, “It is written, ‘My house shall be called a house of prayer,’ but you make it a den of robbers.”” (Matthew 21:12-13 ESV)
Here we see folks gathered in the temple selling sacrifices and trading money for temple money all to make a huge profit. They were literally using God for what they could get from Him. This is a struggle for many of us in the church today. We tend to use God for what we can get from Him. Sure, God wants to give us good gifts, but that is not the point of our fellowship with Him. The point is for us to learn to glorify and enjoy Him forever.
So, Jesus sees this scene and He does something about it. He gets rowdy. He turns the tables over and gets their attention. When they are looking at him – probably ready to fight – He tells them that His house is supposed to be a house of prayer. That’s the point of our fellowship with Him. That’s how we learn to glorify Him and enjoy Him forever. It’s prayer. It’s simply talking to Him and spending time with Him throughout our day.
So, as we reflect on Holy Monday, where are you at? Are you just going to church to get something? Is prayer an integral part of your daily life? If not, I would like to challenge you to take a moment right now and pray. Ask God to reveal your heart and help you to recommit to walking with Him and being a person of prayer.