Yesterday we took a break from our studies, got brave, and ventured North to the town of Tomar. Here we visited Convento de Cristo. This amazing place once served as the fortress headquarters of the Knights Templar, home of Prince Henry the Navigator, and later a site for royal observances and monastery.
As I walked down granite hallways, climbed spiral staircases, and stood on the plank floors of a monk’s cell, I thought about the people who walked these steps the past 700+ years — knights, explorers, wedding parties, monks, nobility, servants, and countless tourists. I wondered about their thoughts, conversations, and the circumstances they faced here. This was a feast for my imagination.
However, upon entering the church, one thought dominated my thinking. While I was impressed by the detail and the beauty, I kept wondering, “How does God feel about this place?” Did He like the worship that transpired here? How does He feel about this place now – once a church, now a museum? I wanted to sight-see through the eyes of Christ. (I’m not sure how successful I was.)
It’s Sunday now and I’m pondering less theoretical, more practical questions. How does God feel about my worship? He desires His worshipers to worship Him in spirit and in truth. Am I giving Him what he wants? Am I glorifying Him with the temple I “built” (my body)?