At the dedication of Solomon’s temple we see an interesting act occur. 2 Chronicles 7:1-2 says, “When Solomon finished praying, a bolt of lightning out of heaven struck the Whole-Burnt-Offering and sacrifices and the Glory of GOD filled The Temple. 2 The Glory was so dense that the priests couldn’t get in — GOD so filled The Temple that there was no room for the priests! (The Message.)
The glory of God was so strong and thick in the temple that the priest couldn’t even get in. This analogy has so many lessons on so many levels. For brevity’s sake lets look at the top 2. First we must accept that as New Testament believers we are the priesthood. 1 Peter 2:9 tells us we are a royal priesthood. If most believers simply lived by this it would grow every church in America. We are not church members. We are not church supporters. We are the priesthood or the ministry of the church. If you have been saved, you are a minister. And as a minister the first thing you have to realize is that in the work of God, there is no room for priests. That may seem counter-intuitive so let’s restate that. In the work of God there is no room for “me”.
When it comes to reaching our world, we need to remember that only God can save. We need to get rid of our selfish desires, ambitions, problems and attitudes and allow God to do what only God can do.
In order to do that, the second thing we need to remember is that God no longer dwells in temples made with hands but we are the temple of God (1 Corinthians 3:16). God’s glory should be so evident in our lives that there is no room for “me” in our own lives. Or maybe it is the opposite altogether. Maybe, to get the glory of God in our lives we need to get rid of “me” first. Either way, there is no room for priests in the glory of God. Start working on removing yourself from the equation so God can do His thing.