BIBLE READING|ACTS 1:8-14
Our concept of a church defines our choice of the room we covet in the church. There is the Upper Room, and there is the Lower Room. The experiences in both rooms are attractive, and our choice will be based on our preferences, value system and priority in life. Scripture gives us various examples of experiences that define men and women’s choices in the bible.
Ordinarily, when the word church is mentioned, 5 main things come to mind. To some it is a place -an address, a location, a building. To some, it means provision – food, miracles, healing. Some others think of the personalities in the church, or the programmes or the people. These concepts represent the upper and lower rooms in the church to many.
However, in the early church, the Upper Room was about vision – God’s purpose, plan and priorities. The lower room was focused on provision – keeps people busy and full of activities and events in the church. You will notice that the New Testament church was born in the Upper Room (Acts 1:13-14). Remember that after the food, healings and miracles provided by Jesus in Matthew 4:23-25, only his disciples went up to the mountain with him, where he taught them to be ready for the assignments ahead of them (Matthew 5:1-2) and heaven? The others stayed at the bottom of the mountain (lower room) waiting for provision.
Visions are never birthed in the Lower Room. All the exploits of the Apostles and the early church were birthed in the Upper Room. Are you desirous of a vision that focuses on God’s purpose and plan for your life or just eager for provision to meet your temporal needs?
PRAYER: Oh Lord, I covet the Upper Room experience in my daily life
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