Clean Up Your Temple!
Close your eyes for a minute and picture a temple. Whether you’re a religious person or not, I doubt that would be difficult to do. No matter the size, it would be along the lines of a clean and orderly place with an air of serenity and solemnity, right? Why, that’s because it’s where the presence of God dwells and He is known to be holy and pure and so would not tolerate any filth (literally and figuratively).
Apart from some unscrupulous persons, temples/churches/cathedrals are generally respected and kept clean. However, people are quite negligent about another kind of temple; their very own bodies. Ever since Christ died, resurrected and ascended to heaven and sent His Spirit down to every heart that was ready to receive him, our bodies have become temples for God to indwell us as well. Rev. Enoch Thompson puts it this way, “There has been a decentralization of the presence of God.”
What does this mean for a believer? Our bodies are not only to be made clean, holy and presentable to God when we go to church. Our bodies are not to be hired out to be brothels, gamble houses among other things and then polished up to be temples on Sundays. If you are familiar with the account of Jesus’ reaction when he entered a temple and found people trading there in John 2:12-25, then you know God doesn’t take His temples for granted. Jesus didn’t act all diplomatic, trying to reason with the traders why it was wrong for them to abuse the temple like that. He drove them out with a whip. Yep, gentility wasn’t going to cut it this time.
Examine your body as God’s holy temple: in what ways are you desecrating this holy place with unholy activities? I know some of your favorite artistes, writers and actors have influenced you to think that your body is yours to do whatever you wish. Sorry to burst your bubble. If you call yourself a Christian and intend to live to that name, then you should know that’s not applicable to you. You were bought at a precious price and so your body is no longer yours. It’s now a vessel to live a life that would honor God every day and in every way.
Remember, every word you utter and every action you take will be accounted for on Judgment day. A lot of sins are normalized these days and even Christians find themselves making excuses for doing what they know they are not supposed to do. God being just, will not condone the wrong actions believers take and condemn unbelievers for same actions.
Every tantalizing sin we engage in comes with it a whip for God to chastise us with. Let go of the leash even if it has a gold ring to it. There are some contact numbers we have to delete from our phones; some people to cut ties with and situations we have to avoid in order to ensure our temples are acceptable for God to live in.
Where the Spirit of God is, there is liberty. If we renew our minds and transform our lives, God will prosper us and we will enjoy the good of the land wherever we find ourselves. When we live right for God, He is able to turn our wilderness into a land flowing with milk and honey to our soul’s content.
Imagine the most beautiful and magnificent temple on earth. That’s you. Do you want God to find you as an acceptable abode for His Spirit? Then it’s about time you started cleaning it up.
Source: © Josephine Amoako 2018