“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?” I Corinthians 6:19 NKJV
Yesterday, we learnt that we are holy because God calls us holy. Today, we will learn that we are the living temples of God and examine what is expected of us.
Many people have a certain preference when it comes to their houses or the space they live in. For example, they may prefer their furniture being arranged in a certain way. They would rather live in a clean house than a dirty one and so they take steps to make sure it is clean and stays clean. Sometimes, they exert control over their home by asking unwanted guests to leave.
This illustration should give you an idea of what it means to be the dwelling place of God. We see that the temples of old and the articles of the temples were considered sacred and any activity outside the confines of its sacredness was considered profane and offensive (Numbers 26:61, Daniel 5: 4-25, Matthew 21:12).
In fact, God guarded the temples of old jealously but never dwelt there. ( Acts 17:24)
Now, as a believer, we know He lives in us (I Corinthians 3:16) and if He guarded the temples of old, how much more you? How much more consecrated and bold should you be?
As a carrier of God’s presence, how do you conduct yourself? You cannot cower in fear of what the devil can do to you. You house God! You cannot live your life only for yourself anymore. You live for the one who gave His life for you! Neither can you live in sin. You are the temple of God!
In our anchor verse, Paul reminds the church in Corinth to flee sexual sin because God dwells in them. Our body is not ours so we cannot do whatever we like with it. We were bought with a price (1 Corinthians 6:15-20).
Henceforth, our preoccupation should be fellowship and consecration. We are to live a life of moral excellence not to become holy but BECAUSE we are holy. We belong to God. We carry Him everywhere we go.
SAY THIS: God has made me His Temple. I house Him. I belong to Him. I am holy because He is holy. Thus, I bear fruits of righteousness.
Bible Reading Plan:
Mark 14:32-42, Galatians 1, Psalms 110, 2 Samuel 8-10.