I’m Sorry, But You’re In My Way

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“And making a whip of cords, he drove them all out of the temple, with the sheep and oxen. And he poured out the coins of the moneychangers and overturned their tables. And he told those who sold the pigeons, “Take these things away; do not make my Father’s house a house of trade.” His disciples remembered that it was written, “Zeal for your house will consume me.” John 2:15–17, ESV


Picture this: It’s Christmas Eve and Walmart is selling 60” Smart TV sets for $5.00.

The line into the store has wrapped the building four times and then some.

At three minutes till time for the store to open, a clerk comes to the door and braces themself for the mad rush.

Then, at 8:00 a.m., the doors swing open.

Human bodies are tossed, pushed, and shoved in every direction as people are trying to make a clear path to the Electronics Department.

Now, imagine the scene in Solomon’s Temple. But instead of an overly anxious crowd, picture one man — Jesus wreaking total mayhem all by himself.

The crowd in Walmart is trying to get to the unbelievable deal.

The pilgrims in Jerusalem are trying to enter into the courts to worship. But vendors and moneychangers are standing in their way. So, it takes the assistance of Jesus to clear this den of thieves out of the path of the true worshippers.

In this age of “hustle & bustle,” there are many things that could possibly stand in the way of our worship.

A pre-occupied mind, a high-maintenance family member or friend, or too much social media, to name a few. When things like these hinder our time with God, it’s okay to push them out of our way. Nothing is spared when it comes to pressing into the presence of God.

It is grammatically correct and proper etiquette to use the shortest sentence in the English language.


Meaning, No, I’m not thinking about that right now.

No, I can’t do that.

And, No, I don’t have time for that.

Just think back to the years of the terrible two’s and take on that mentality.

In Romans 8:3539, Paul said he would not let anything separate him from the love of God. So, likewise, we should have the same zeal when it comes to our worship.

Jesus has made the way clear for us; therefore, there is a straight line between the inner court and us.

I encourage you today to follow the path Jesus has cleared out for you and enter into His gates with thanksgiving. And into His courts with praise. (Psalm 100:4)


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