He would not permit anyone to carry any household equipment through the temple enclosure [thus making the temple area a short-cut traffic lane].” – Mark 11:16 (AMP)
The text speaks about what Jesus did after He “Cleaned House” at the Temple. He sent home the people at the temple who were ‘robbing,’ and also did something that we all need to pay attention to; He made sure that others would not use the courts of the Temple as a “short-cut traffic lane” anymore. “He would not permit anyone to carry any household equipment through the temple enclosure [thus making the temple area a short-cut traffic lane]”. The temple had a much higher impact and purpose.
Just like the temple story, in life there are so many paths that you can take to achieve something. However, we find out that there are no short-cuts to the things that matter most in life! There is a process, a path, to attaining the end result, and failing to recognize it may have us abusing the very pathway that holds our solution. Those people at the temple were just running through the Place where God was, where His Word was, where His Presence was, where forgiveness was, where there was an opportunity to offer prayer. They must have taken it for granted and thought that it was OK to just zip through God’s Place and Presence, for The Bible tells us it had become a “traffic lane.”
God and His Presence is so precious. He is with us all the time and His manifested presence is even more special, for where two or three come together in His name, God is surely there with them. The Presence of God is something to be valued more than life itself!
Do you take God’s Presence for granted? Time with Him is so dear; so when you are going to The House of The Lord, really GO there! Don’t just run through time at Church, make it count! Don’t concentrate on checking out what Sister B wore, making sketches or mental notes to stop at your designer’s so as to get your copy. It should not be so! When you make time out for your quiet time, allow your time to be solely between you and Him. Focus on God and His Goodness. Stop and listen and take some time to actually BE with Him! Study Him, talk to Him, park and BE with Him! In the midst of all the busyness of our world, decide to make your time with God count. Don’t zoom through God’s Presence religiously like the people in the temple did.
There is no short-cut to finding God; there will always be a price to pay for the glory we seek, hence we must be willing to enjoy the higher calling of God on our lives and place a demand on His presence. The lives of the people who simply zoomed in and out of the temple remained the same because they made the temple a short-cut traffic lane for their usual activities. It also applies to key relationships that can change our lives or key experiences that we just run through instead of luxuriating in and maximising the opportunities therein. For instance, that mentor whose advice can make all the difference should stay a mentor, don’t make him/her your basic friend, you could lose out on all your ability to gain quality counsel. That not so well paying job could also be the opportunity you have to be stretched and to gain life long qualities of resilience and relevance for the future. Simply running through as though it’s but a temporary hurdle on the way to the finish line may just be failing to make it count, same as one who took being on the temple grounds for granted.
God wants to do unusual things through you; so don’t take His presence for granted! Don’t just pass through. Make the access you have to God as a Father count! Make whatever experiences you go through as a part of your daily life as God permits count! !