28. You are God's Temple

Last time we saw in Scripture that we are called to be saints and to fellowship with Jesus. And because we are we come short in no gift. God will provide His gifts for us as we need them whilst advancing His Kingdom. All Christians are therefore called. Not just pastors and missionaries, but all Christians. No matter your occupation, you are called by God to represent Him and to spend time in His presence. You are His Temple here on earth. You are the one where people can go to in order to find God. Let us have a look at the Scriptures stating that we are His Temple:

"Do you not know that you are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you?" 1 Corinthians 3:16

"Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own? For you were bought with a price; therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God's." 1 Corinthians 6:19, 20

"And what agreement has the temple of God with idols? For you are the temple of the living God. As God has said: "I will dwell in them and walk among them. I will be their God, and they shall be My people." 2 Corinthians 6:16

We are the temple of God. And God dwells in us. God makes His home in us. We need to get a revelation of that. Everywhere we go, the temple of God goes. Everything we touch, the temple of God touches. Everything we say, is as a representative of the temple of God.

The Jews would have had a better appreciation of what it meant to be the temple of God. They physically saw the temple and they knew all the laws and regulations concerning it. It is actually a very interesting study, one that I might do with you one day. But in short for now, the temple was a symbol that God's presence was with them, it was a place where one could talk to God and it was a place where one could get forgiveness of sins. It was also a place of celebration with the many feasts that they had. With this in mind, being the temple of God takes on new meaning.

If you are the temple, God's presence is with you. People should be attracted to you, you should glow with the presence of God coming from within. You can talk to God any time and any place, because His temple is wherever you are. You also have obtained forgiveness of sins through Jesus' death, and non believers can come to you and you can lead them in prayer to have their sins forgiven too. Plus being with God is a celebration of life. He is life and in His presence it can be celebrated and lived to the fullest.

God has always looked after His Temple and He would look after you too. Be a polished, shimmering temple, in other words, look after yourself. Be proud of your appearance, not in a prideful manner, but in a manner honouring God. Do not look neglected, untidy and disorganised. That doesn't lure people closer to God. Rather look your best, comb your hair, wear neat clean clothing and look the part that you are, a blessed son of God.

When we were in Israel we went to the Western wall. And as I sat there I looked up to where the temple would have been and in an instance I felt the presence of God so strongly, it totally consumed me. I had a glimmer of what it might have been like in Solomon's day when the Shekinah glory of God came down on the temple. It is breathtaking, it truly is. But I realised that it must be that way every day for a Christian, because God resides within us every single day. Not on occasional moments, but always.

Sit somewhere this week and think about what it means to you that you are the temple of God. Write down the impact this mere statement can have on your life and thank God that He chose you to live in. It is an honour and a privilege, not one to be taken lightly. Be the best temple you can be.

Thank you Father that You reside within us. Thank you for the privilege of being Your temple. We are so grateful and we glorify Your Name. Help us to be the best representatives of You that we can be. In Jesus' Name. Amen

3 comments for “28. You are God's Temple”

  1. Gravatar of RonelleRonelle
    Posted Thursday, 26 October 2017 at 9:41:54 AM

    Wow, I got goose bumps reading this. What an honour and privilege to be God's temple. It humbles me...

  2. Gravatar of Ilze HendersonIlze Henderson
    Posted Sunday, 29 October 2017 at 11:18:39 AM

    its amizing its a honour raeding dis

  3. Gravatar of Ilze HendersonIlze Henderson
    Posted Monday, 30 October 2017 at 9:29:03 AM

    Thank you Jonathan! You are a sweetheart!

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