vatican city

I cannot number how many glorious and ancient cathedrals across Europe that I have had the privilege of visiting. Absolute masterpieces of design and architecture. Of seeing the tall spires, the soaring vaulted ceilings and intricate stained glass windows. Cathedrals built as a house of God.  A place to encounter God and worship Him for centuries to come. Yet as glorious as they are, the true tabernacle of God is not to be found in the must see list of Cathedrals on a European tour, it is to be found in the heart of man.

What is the architecture of our hearts like? Are our hearts as open and large as a Cathedral nave? Do we reflect God’s glory and light in our hearts as much as even the simplest and most humble stained glass window does? Is the door to our hearts open wide with love to strangers and enemies as much as to a friend? Or are our hearts like the crowded inns of Bethlehem with little or no room for God? Cluttered perhaps with our everyday worries and concerns. Dirty and dusty with maybe sin or hurt that line our hearts like an old fresco in need to restoration.

These Cathedrals have been lovingly cared for and centuries on they continue to give glory to God. Do our hearts need some renovation so we can continue to do the same?

“And in Him you too are being built together to become a dwelling in which God lives by His Spirit.” (Ephesians 2:22)

“May these words of my mouth and this meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer.” (Psalm 19:14)