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People are searching today for meaning in their life. The question is if they can find Jesus. When people visit your church do they say, “The Lord is there.” When people visit your home do they say, “The Lord is there.” When people spend time with you do they say, “The Lord is there.”

In the last few chapters of Ezekiel (40-48), the Lord gives a vision to Ezekiel showing the temple in intricate detail including measurements. Verse 43:4 tells us, “The glory of the Lord entered the temple through the gate facing east. Then the Spirit lifted me up and brought me into the inner court, and the glory of the Lord filled the temple.” The last verse of the book (48:35) says, “The distance all around will be 18,000 cubits (about six miles). ‘And the name of the city from that time on will be: the Lord is there.’”

As followers of Jesus Christ, the Spirit of God dwells within us. Paul wrote in Ephesians 2:21-22: “In him the whole building is joined together and rises to become a holy temple in the Lord. And in him you too are being built together to become a dwelling in which God lives by his Spirit.” Yet do people outside the church recognize the Lord is present in us and our community of believers?

Paul wrote in Galatians 5:22-23: “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.” The fruit of the Spirit of God dwelling within us is the external sign of our faith in Christ Jesus. It is the evidence that Christ is alive within us and the body of believers in Jesus. It is what prompts those outside faith in Christ to remark, “The Lord is there.”

© 2019 CGThelen

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