Lately I’ve been hearing people say, ‘My body is a temple’, from believers and unbelievers alike. When I ask them what that means to them, they say something to the effect of, be careful what you eat, get exercise and rest, you know, treat your body like a temple. This verse is found in 1 Corinthians 6:19 (Voice) and says, “Don’t you know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who comes from God and dwells inside of you? You do not own yourself.”
Although it’s very important to eat right, exercise and get rest, this verse is a reminder that we are merely carriers of the presence of God, the Holy Spirit. He lives in us so that His will and Kingdom will be seen in the earth. I like that last part, ‘You do not own yourself.’ That means that you’ve been purchased, signed, sealed and delivered to the Father when you placed your trust in His Son, Jesus Christ. You’re no longer a part of this world to live after the world, you are a part of a much larger plan and purpose. HIS!
So my question to all of you out there is this; Who lives in your temple? Is it empty? Is there so much self in there that there is no room for anyone else? Perhaps your temple looks great from the outside, but inside it’s filthy, cluttered and holding things it wasn’t meant to hold. Bitterness, hatred, lust, perverseness, foul thoughts and jesting or perhaps simply no thoughts about God. They say ‘you are what you eat’, but what about ‘you are what you read, what you think, what you speak’.
For the love of all that’s Holy and good and honorable, God’s not looking for perfect people, He’s looking for yielded people. People who are willing to lay down their desires to be consumed by Him. He’s looking for emptied out temples, those who don’t give Him a corner of themselves that comes alive on Sunday only, He wants daily temples. He wants to be worshiped in Spirit and truth. To know Him in all his fullness and glory.
Oh Father, my Father. I’m tired of myself, me, me, me, I want, I need, such vain things we desire. Turn my hunger up for more of You. I’m not satisfied until there is nothing left of me and all that people see is You, Your love, Your grace, Your mercy. I lay down my life so that You may live rich and full in me. I will carry You as I would the biggest and best treasure. I will honor You and give you the praise and honor you deserve. It’s my desire to live for You. Amen