I will greatly rejoice in the LORD; my soul shall exult in my God, for He has clothed me with the garments of salvation; He has covered me with the robe of righteousness … (Isaiah 61:10).
Where do you worship? In a school gymnasium, or stained-glass cathedral? Are your hymns accompanied by steel guitars, or a metal pipe organ? Does everyone dress up in their Sunday best, or flip-flops and a T-shirt?
The people you see at the beach church are lowly and humble. It’s an interesting mix of surfers, homeless, recovering addicts and those who might not be welcomed in a more traditional setting. It is, in fact, the type of church where you most likely would find Jesus.
I have to confess that I never was partial to dressing up for church. You can take an old heap, slap on a coat of paint, park it on the showroom floor, and people will think it’s brand new.
Listen up, God is not deceived. We need to be washed in the blood of the Lamb, and clothed in His righteousness. That Sunday suit won’t hide the sins you committed during the week. People will say, Oh, but I just want to dress my best for God. Brother, the Lord isn’t looking at your silk tie. He’s looking at your heart.
James rebuked the assembly for seating the well-dressed in a place of honor:
Listen, my beloved brethren: did not God choose the poor of this world to be rich in faith and heirs of the kingdom which He promised to those who love Him? (James 2:5)
Every seat in this humble church is a place of honor. And if you come late you won’t mind sitting on the sand. Just remember to bring a beach towel, and maybe your board.
(When the tide is high this little church gets baptized!)
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