I Am the Temple of God

Daily God Walk for Tuesday, October 25, 2011

 Don’t you know that you yourselves are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit lives in you? If anyone destroys God’s temple, God will destroy him; for God’s temple is sacred, and you are that temple. – Corinthians 3:16-17

 In Deuteronomy Moses told us that God would choose a place where he would put his name and that his Spirit would dwell there. It would be a place where they would go to offer sacrifice and to worship. It was to be a sacred place that was to be revered as the dwelling place, or the home, of God.

For many centuries God’s dwelling place was in a tent, but finally God allowed Solomon to build a place that would be known as the Temple of God. The temple Solomon built was beautiful and a worthy place for Israel to worship their God. But God had something in mind which was different. He had in mind a temple not made by human hands.

God’s plan was not for man to build him a place, after all, the universe itself is the habitation of God. God’s plan was that he would make man his dwelling place. Man the fallen creature; man the one who broke covenant with God in the garden.

While man was trying to become God, God was planning to become man. While man was trying to build a place for man God was preparing a place for himself in man. God’s plan for his eternal abode was to dwell within the heart of man.

God does not dwell in every man, but every person who will hear him knocking at the door of their heart and invite him in will become the habitation of God.

When we receive Christ and become a temple of God we are called to hold his temple sacred. We are to respect the fact that God has come to live in our hearts and we are to conduct ourselves appropriately. Paul is telling us in this passage that we must not destroy this temple but we are to keep it set apart as the place where God lives.

It is a joy to know that God has chosen to dwell in us, but it also prompts us to live responsibly as his temple.

 Prayer: Lord, help me to treat your temple with respect. Amen.

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