“For where two or three are gathered in My name, I am there in the midst of them.” Matthew 18:20 NKJV.
People sometimes say that they cannot feel the presence of God even in some churches. Other people say that God is in heaven and he sits on the throne there and looks down on earth. There are even gospel songs with almost the same exact lines. In my opinion, God is omnipresent, he is every where at the same time. So in a sense, if you feel like one of the above, you are not completely wrong. As far as not feeling the presence of God in a church, that could be attributed to a laundry list of things. The truth is, God is not present in all churches because they do not truly worship him. Matthew 15: 8 and 9 NKJV, that is why you have to be careful where you decide to go for your corporate worship, which is what a church setting is considered as.
In the verse above Jesus tells us exactly where we can expect him to be. What I want to point out is that Jesus never mentioned a particular place, in other bible versions it states “wherever two or three are gathered.” This could be in your home, in your office building, in your car……you get the point. There are two main criteria that needs to be fulfilled, one; you have to be gathered for the sole purpose of worshiping Jesus with a true and pure heart or sharing about his teachings and two; there has to be two or three people. Now it does not mean that if you worship Jesus alone he is not with you because the Holy spirit is with every true born again believer in Jesus Christ. However, in the above passage Jesus simply says he will be in their midst. So if there are two gathered, Jesus will be the third and if there are three, Jesus will be the fourth and he even proved this in the old testament in Daniel 3:25 NKJV in the fiery furnace with Shadrach, Meshach and Abed-Nego. Jesus is always close by, never far from us but if you want him to be even closer, find another disciple or two and gather in the name of Jesus and he will be in your midst. These are Julien’s thoughts and what’s on my mind.