We often want to build barriers to protect ourselves but the dangerous life of a Christian means the walls are torn down.
Reference: v. 4 … and said to him: "Run, tell that young man, 'Jerusalem will be a city without walls because of the great number of men and livestock in it.' (NIV Bible)
Explore: A city without walls. That doesn't sound that unusual in our world today, but it was certainly unusual in the time this passage was written. It would have been hard to measure the city, as the first angel was wanting to do, and maybe the safety and the security of the people would have been put in jeopardy if there were no walls.
Just like Jerusalem was the holy nation, our churches are God's people today. I certainly like the idea of churches not having any wall. We are so good at building walls and boundaries in our churches that no one is actually able to come in – apart from those chosen ones who were born there!
Application: I can remember when I was boarding at school the management put extra security around our dormitories. They were apprehensive about people getting in but also worried about people getting out!! Do we do the samem with our churches? I think that sometimes deep down inside we are too worried about the movement in and out of our building that we build a big wall, add extra security and hope that no one leaves and only few get in.
It may be more dangerous and more challenging but a church without walls is the right kind of church. God didn't want just the select few to join together to worship Him, He wants everyone in there.
Prayer: Lord Jesus, you included everyone in your ministry here on earth. May I be as inclusive as You. Amen.
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This article was written by Linda Bailey
Linda started theological studies in 1999 in Australia. After working for ten years in various church ministries, she now works as the breakfast producer at 89.9 LightFM - the Christian radio station in Melbourne, Australia. She writes blogs every day about passages she is currently reading in the Bible. Follow her on Google Plus +Linda Bailey or Facebook by clicking the like button on the right of this page.