We Are His Temple

God is to be worshiped in His Holy Temple. David longed to build one for Him but was forbidden from doing so by God Himself (1 Chronicles 28:2, 3). His son, Solomon built His temple (1 Kings 5-8). We have beautiful structures today all over the world which we call churches where people gather together for the purpose of worship. Of course, a church is essential but time and again God has said that He cannot be contained in any man made structure but instead prefers to reside in our hearts. If, indeed, He is to reside in there, how much importance do we give to it? Do we even spend half the time and effort we take to beautify our churches for our hearts?

1 Corinthians 3:16, 17
Do you not know that you are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you? If anyone defiles the temple of God, God will destroy him. For the temple of God is holy, which temple you are.

Here, a different kind of temple has been spoken of by Paul – ourselves, our bodies. Something that we often tend to forget. No matter how big or beautiful our physical churches may be, if our hearts are not in the right place, God can’t be kept in there. We are to offer ourselves as a temple for Him to reside in. But is it fit for the King of Kings? It says clearly in verse 17, His temple is Holy for He Himself is Holy and there is no place for filth and dirt to dwell there. And if His temple is defiled, He will destroy it because He shows no tolerance to sin.

What happened when Jesus entered the temple and saw what was going on in there.

Mathew 21: 12, 13
Then Jesus went into the temple of God and drove out all those who bought and sold in the temple, and overturned the tables of the money changers and the seats of those who sold doves. And He said to them, “It is written, ‘My house shall be called a house of prayer,’ but you have made it a ‘den of thieves.’”

He drove them out. He didn’t tell them that they could sell and do their stuff in one corner and that He would worship God in another corner. NO. He told them in plain words to get out. Why was that? If He tolerated sin, He would have tolerated them. But there is no place even for the tiniest speck of dirt in Him. God loves His children but He never tolerates or ignores the sin they do. This is because He wants us to be faithful and true to Him (sin keeps us separated from Him).

Now, let’s come back to 1 Corinthians 3:16, 17, we are the temple of God. God has to reside in our hearts. But is it fit for Him? You cannot expect to store the junk of this world and tell God to stick to a corner of your heart. No. It doesn’t happen that way. He wants to have full access to our hearts. He wants to fully partake in our lives. Make sure to throw away anything which is still sticking onto you which is not worthy to be shown in front of the Lord of Lords. After all, we are His temple and we need to set our hearts and lives in order to receive Jesus into it. God bless.

He is Watching you

2 Samuel 11:27
….But the thing that David had done displeased the Lord.

Most of us are familiar with the story of David and Bathsheba. Bathsheba was Uriah the Hittite’s wife. Yet in a moment of weakness, David fell for her and through certain manipulative plans he devised, he had the man killed. Hence, claiming Bathsheba as his own wife. An amazing factor about the whole chapter 2 Samuel 11 is that throughout the passage, we see that even though David committed a great sin, God doesn’t enter the scene. For a moment it seems as though God did not see or know anything until we reach the last verse of the chapter where it says that God was not pleased with what David had done.

My dear brothers and sisters, isn’t this a similar situation in our lives at times? We do wrong thinking that God may not have seen or known anything. He may not always intervene when we commit sin. But remember, nothing passes by Him and there is nothing He does not see. God is watching your every move. Live a life that is pleasing to Him. His silence does not always mean He approves. God bless.

Sin has no Dominion over You!

Romans 6:12-14

Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body, that you should obey it in its lusts. And do not present your members as instruments of unrighteousness to sin, but present yourselves to God as being alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness to God. For sin shall not have dominion over you, for you are not under law but under grace.

Christ died for our sins and hence now sin has no place in the life of a Child of God. Saying that as humans , we will sin is a mere excuse. A child of God who has truly tasted God and experienced  Him in his life can never go back to the life of sin. Sin had dominion over us before we met Jesus Christ. But since we accepted Him as the Lord and Saviour of our lives, we have been redeemed and renewed. We have turned into a new creation. The old man with his sinful lusts and desires have been put to death. Leading a sinless life may seem impossible. But through Jesus , we can confidently say sin has no dominion over you . Amen !