“Don’t you know that you yourselves are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit lives in you?”
(1 Corinthians 3:16)
Tuesday’s Treasure Chest
God does interesting things with His temples.
He fills them:
- “the cloud filled the temple of the Lord. And the priests could not perform their service because of the cloud, for the glory of the Lord filled His temple.” ( 1 Kings 8:10-11)
- “I saw the Lord seated on a throne, high and exalted, and the train of His robe filled the temple.” (Isaiah 6:1)
He also cleanses them:
- “So he made a whip out of cords, and drove all from the temple area, both sheep and cattle; he scattered the coins of the money changers and overturned their tables. To those who sold doves he said, “Get these out of here! How dare you turn my Father’s house into a market!” (John 2:15-16)
He looks upon them as His place, set aside for His use and for His glory. When anything not of Him is introduced into them it is seen as a desecration. As we are the temples of God, we can expect some activity from Him, not only as He takes possession, but also as He cleanses and reorganises things, to the extent that we will allow it.
Some years ago I was reflecting on the passage in Revelation where Jesus says,
“Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with him, and he with me.” (3:20).
I knew that I had heard the knock and invited Him into my ‘house’ and life, and that I was indeed a part of His salvation. What I had not understood before was that, effectively, I had allowed Him into the entrance hall. From there He kept knocking on other doors, from time to time, asking me to open up those rooms in my life to Him as well. For most of the time it was fine, although I was mentally trying to steer Him away from the ‘cellar.’ Sure enough, however, one day He knocked there as well and, with some trepidation, I opened the door to Him. Instead of the criticism that I feared, I became aware, over the days and weeks ahead, of a light shining more brightly in the dark depths, until one day the whole area was flooded in light and a wall on the far side seemed to fall away. He had set me free in some important areas of my life, without one word or expression of anger – just great love. (What He said to some of the ‘nasties’ that had infiltrated my life I did not hear!)
I learned then that His desire is not to chastise but to liberate and heal. That liberation and healing has continued the more He has been allowed to establish Himself in this small temple of His. He has chosen the way through my life and the timing of it. It has been such a blessing, particularly in the areas that had caused me such concern and discomfort before. He has come in and He has cleansed, and it continues still. He will continue until it is ‘very good.’
“being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 1:6)
Ask the Lord to show you where He is knocking in your life. Invite Him in.
Lord Jesus, please come more deeply into my life, cleanse it and heal it, until You are completely Lord in all its areas. Amen.