Friday, May 5, 2017
Caring For Your Temple
Don’t you realize that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, who lives in you and was given to you by God? You do not belong to yourself, for God bought you with a high price. So you must honor God with your body.
1 Corinthians 6:19-20, NLT
In ancient Jerusalem, King Solomon built an amazing, lavish temple to honor God and house the Ark of the Covenant. The temple was full of intricate carvings, expensive wood, and fabrics, and everything was covered in gold, masterfully crafted with the finest materials. The temple took 7 years to complete because King Solomon wanted to offer his best to honor God. Inside the temple was a thick curtain – probably 60 feet wide and 4 inches thick, separating the Holy of Holies from the rest of the temple. The Holy of Holies is where the Spirit of God would dwell. Only the high priest could enter the Holy of Holies, and only once per year on the Day of Atonement.
King Herod expanded on that temple and it is one of the places where Jesus spent time teaching during His ministry. There were various courts throughout the temple, and Jesus taught in the Court of Israel, where the Pharisees would stay. He also taught in the Court of Gentiles, the Women’s Court, and Solomon’s Porch. Jesus’ message was for everyone – Jew and Gentile, man and woman and He changed the course of history with His death and resurrection. The moment when Jesus gave up His spirit the temple curtain was torn in two from top to bottom; God ripped the curtain apart, giving us all the opportunity to go to God through Jesus Christ. When Jesus ascended into heaven, He sent the Holy Spirit, the Comforter to be with us. The Bible tells us that God no longer dwells in temples built by human hands but now the Spirit of God dwells in human hearts. When you believe in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior, you have the Holy Spirit in you. The Bible goes so far as to say our bodies become a temple of the Holy Spirit.
What does that mean for us? It means that when we’re feeling less than, broken down, or not good enough, that Jesus has made us not just good enough, but beautiful and precious, like a lavish temple, masterfully crafted and overlaid in gold. It means that when the world looks at us, or our children, or our family, as less than, unworthy, or unimportant, God sees us as special enough for His Spirit. It means that all of us who believe – the tired mom, the weary dad, the caregivers, the helpers, the child with autism or ADHD or medical struggles to face each day – all of us have access to the Holy Spirit who dwells within our hearts. It is a blessing and a responsibility to care for our earthly temples through rest, nutrition, Bible study, and prayer, time spent in the company of other believers, and an awareness of the Presence of the Holy Spirit. It is a blessing and a responsibility to show with our words, our actions, and our character that we have the Holy Spirit dwelling in our hearts, and in our temples. And it is a blessing and a responsibility to have access to the hope, the comfort, and the power of the Holy Spirit each and every day. If you believe, the Holy Spirit dwells in your heart. So how are you caring for your temple today?
Thank You for the gift of Your Son, who lovingly gave Himself to die and live again for us. Thank You, for the gift of Your Holy Spirit, who lives with us and in us. Help us to care for our bodies as masterfully created, lavish temples. Please give us the wisdom, the strength, and the courage to care for our temples and the temples of those around us. Renew us, refreshes, and pour out Your Spirit upon us as we serve our families and those around us each day.