Have you ever gone to a movie theater, bought all your popcorn and candy, and sat down to watch the movie, only to find out that someone in front of you is blocking your view of the action? Or maybe you’ve gotten tickets to a concert or sporting event only to find out that a giant pole was right in front of your seats.
Barriers keep us from an experience. Sometimes, barriers only block our view of a movie, but there are barriers that keep people from experiencing the blessings and freedom that Jesus offers. The enemy is always trying to block us from the way to freedom and greatness in Jesus—he puts up barriers so we don’t receive what God has in store for us.
Matthew 21:10-13—The entire city of Jerusalem was in an uproar as he entered. “Who is this?” they asked. And the crowds replied, “It’s Jesus, the prophet from Nazareth in Galilee.”
Then Jesus went into the temple of God and drove out all those who bought and sold in the temple, and overturned the tables of the money changers and the seats of those who sold doves. And He said to them, “It is written, ‘My house shall be called a house of prayer,’ but you have made it a ‘den of thieves.’”
Jesus wasn’t upset at these people because they were selling animals in the temple—it was a natural thing for them to sell animals there because people needed them for sacrifices. The reason he drove out the money changers was because they were missing God’s greatness in their own lives and the purpose of God in the lives of others. They weren’t doing anything to reach out to the people who needed God, but were actually repelling those people.
As the modern-day Church—those who have put their faith and trust in Jesus—it is our responsibility to do the work of God on Earth so that more people can receive Him. Ephesians 2:20-21 says, “Together, we are his house, built on the foundation of the apostles and the prophets. And the cornerstone is Christ Jesus himself. We are carefully joined together in him, becoming a holy temple for the Lord.” Our purpose is to bring people into an atmosphere where they can receive the Good News of who Jesus is, what He has done for them, and how He can change them. Then, we can build them up and train them so that they can be sent out to bring even more people in, and continue the cycle. Be someone who tears the barriers down and helps people find the purpose that God has for them in this world.