There was a segment of a television program recently that showed the monastic life of the monks that lived in monasteries built on the cliffs of Greece. They have been there for over a thousand years and absolutely nothing has changed, or so they claim, in all of that time, and their entire life is devoted to attempting to get closer to God. The buildings are incredible and even Architects and Engineers cannot figure out how these buildings were erected where they are. The Monks live very well and each monastery is more magnificent than the one before it with unbelievable hordes of treasures of gold and artworks of all kinds. It always seems difficult to understand the necessity of such wealth to those who need it the least. Very few people have ever been allowed to visit these monasteries and fewer have ever viewed the priceless artwork that remains unseen by anyone except the Monks. As they went through their daily routine, it seemed that much of the ceremony was very similar to Old Testament ways, and some appeared to border on Pagan rituals.
As one looked at the conditions under which these Monks lived, humble is not a word that comes to mind !!! But, assuming their motives are noble, there is one thing that caused one to think about their objective which is to become closer to God. How much closer can one get to God then to have God live within that person ? One of the great gifts of a true believer is that God makes His abode within us and that seems to be pretty close…. This fact is apparently not known to many or it is forgotten. We must remember that when we commit sin that we make God a participant of that sin because He is a part of us. God hates sin, but He does not hate the sinner. It almost seems unbelievable that God could hate anything, but we are told in the Bible that he hates sin which shows the importance of sin in our lives. Of course, we all sin, but knowing that we make God a part of our intentional sin should give us cause for thought.
No believer needs to go very far to find God. All one has to do is look into a mirror. And, when a person looks into the mirror and considers that we are not alone, we may just feel one of two things: shame or joy !!!