Revelation 11.1-3 – Really a part of it…

1 Then I was given a measuring rod like a staff, and I was told,

“Rise and measure the temple of God and the altar and those who worship there, 2 but do not measure the court outside the temple; leave that out, for it is given over to the nations, and they will trample the holy city for forty-two months. 3 And I will grant authority to my two witnesses, and they will prophesy for 1,260 days, clothed in sackcloth.”

Here John is given a measuring rod like a staff…was told,

“Rise and measure the temple of God and the altar and those who worship there...

Why would John be told to measure something that is already a known quantity?

Perhaps this is like when we are doing home improvements and our little people come and say,

“Please can I help you?”,

and you think,

“Oh, no…”,

but you say,

“Sure, you can ‘help’ me little fella/little lady.”.

We don’t really need help, but we want to include them. Perhaps this is like that?

Perhaps not. Does God treat us like incapable toddlers with a hammer? Actually, have you ever seen a toddler with a hammer? Hammer a nail into a wall they cannot, but hammer the exact thing you wish the most they avoid they most certainly can do. A real talent. Anyway, does God treat us like that? No. God wants to partner with us as His fellow workers (1 Corinthians 3.9).

Rather, John is told to measure for a sense of ownership, of protection, to feel included in what is going on. Measuring the temple of God and the altar and those who worship there includes John in this group.

Think about it; you know there are multiple growth groups here at Saar Fellowship, you may even know when/where they meet, you may even know some folks who attend. But, until you go, until you experience it, you aren’t a part of it, are you?

So, John can see the temple and the saved, he probably knew that was his future family, but until he got amongst them (here to measure), he would not have interacted with them, and consequently they would just have been ‘those people down there’.

So, for us, we are part of this big church family here in Bahrain, aren’t we? Maybe you are part of a different church family and are reading this by way of someone sharing it with you, which is cool, but the point still remains so don’t stop here!

We are part of a big church family, a local expression of the capital C, global Church, a house of living stones.

But, do you interact with them?

Do you know them?

Do you feel ownership of the family, part of the family?

Do you know the dimensions of the family?

If not, why not?!

Get amongst the family, size it up, jump in, interact, introduce, integrate…you will not regret it!

Published by James Travis

Pastor of Saar Fellowship in the Kingdom of Bahrain. Married to Robyn and Dad to our two boys.

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