“Don’t you know that you yourselves are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit lives in you?”
(1 Corinthians 3:16)
God looks upon temples as His places, set aside for His use and for His glory. When anything not of Him is introduced into them it is seen as a desecration.
Those who worship God in churches normally like to see them as not only clean but suitably furnished and decorated as well. Spotless linen, polished silverware, fresh flowers and well prepared services are in place not just for the congregations but as indications that the church is set aside for the worship and glory of God. By the same token there are activities that would not be considered suitable. Wild parties, organised fights, gambling, abuse of individuals and immorality would be totally out of place.
As Christians our bodies are also temples of the Holy Spirit.
“Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own” (1 Corinthians 6:19)
We have to be careful on two fronts. The first is that we do not engage in activities that would not be acceptable to God and His people. The second is that we do not allow such things to take place within us. Anger, bitterness, rejection of others, unforgiveness, selfish ambition, envy, greed, impurity and others all contaminate and diminish us and prevent us from being the person we could be with God’s help. They also, on a corporate level, prevent the church from being what it should be.
We know many of the thoughts, emotions and activities that have no place within our lives. These areas of our lives we should continually bring before the Lord, admitting our weakness and asking Him to cleanse and strengthen us. As we do so we can ask Him to help us to transfer our thoughts to other and more suitable things.
“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable–if anything is excellent or praiseworthy–think about such things.” (Philippians 4:6-8)
We can stay as we are … or we can change.
Father help me to offer myself to You to be cleansed and healed of all impurity and lovelessness. Please pour Your love, light and life into me, in Jesus name, Amen.